Student shot at Atlanta school; fellow student in custody
A police tactical team takes up a position at Price Middle School in Atlanta, where a student was shot Thursday.
January 31st, 2013
04:54 PM ET

Student shot at Atlanta school; fellow student in custody

[Update 4:54 p.m. ET] Families are having joyful reunions as students pour out of four buses that have delivered them from Price Middle School in Atlanta, where a student was shot and wounded Thursday afternoon.

[Update 4:45 p.m. ET] Students are being loaded onto buses for transport home or to a nearby church where parents have assembled to wait for their children.

Police detectives are interviewing the victim in the hospital, his mother told CNN affiliate WSB-TV. He knows the assailant, who the mother said was "talking smack" to her son before pulling out a gun and firing, the station said.

[Update 4:20 p.m. ET] Atlanta Public Schools confirmed both the victim and the suspect are students at Price Middle School.

[Update 4:16 p.m. ET] Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed issued the following statement:

"Gun violence in and around our schools is simply unconscionable and must end. Too many young people are being harmed, and too many families are suffering from unimaginable and unnecessary grief. I pray that the student who was shot today at Price Middle School in southwest Atlanta recovers quickly and can return home to family and friends. A suspect has been taken into custody. I would also like the students, faculty and families of the Price Middle School community to know that they have the full support of the City of Atlanta as they heal from today's terrible incident. The city's Employee Assistance Program counselors are already at the school providing guidance for students, faculty and family members."

[Update 4:07 p.m. ET] The mother of the student wounded Thursday at Price Middle School in Atlanta told CNN affiliate WSB that her son was struck in the head by a bullet which exited. She confirmed the 14-year-old was conscious and alert.

A large crowd of parents has gathered near the school waiting for the lockdown to end and students to be released, WSB reported.

Atlanta Public Schools scheduled a news conference for 4 p.m.

[Original post] A student was shot Thursday afternoon at a middle school in Atlanta, Georgia, police say.

Police found a wounded student outside Price Middle School after responding to a shooting call shortly before 2 p.m., police said.

"The student has been transported alert, conscious and breathing to Grady hospital," police said.

The 14-year-old male victim was shot in the head, CNN affiliate WSB-TV reported.

A suspect, believed to be another student, was taken into custody. The school was locked down but all other students are safe, police said.

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  1. Wilbur Scheissmann

    Guns do not kill people, people do! And who knows, maybe the kid deserved it. Schools usually do nothing about bullying and it is usually the victim who is victimized by the administration. And bully goes on his or her merry way. But the Old Testament BIble states that unruly children should be stoned. We need to return to good old fashioned Old Testament Bible morality.

    January 31, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • David B

      Insanity. You have no idea what happened here and yet you're already declaring that the student who was shot in the head "deserved it."

      There are reasons this country has turned against the NRA and gun nuts, and you personify that reason very accurately.

      January 31, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • jonat

      The NRA and gun nuts have nothing to do with the war being carried out by black youth and gang members

      January 31, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • are122

      Not to justify what was said but the NRA has grown extensively recently.

      January 31, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      David B: Please read carefully before you shoot off at the mouth. He said, "who knows, maybe the kid deserved it" It's people like you, who are quick to judge others for saying MAYBE, that are the real problem here.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • fox

      hey david, your no better. No kid deserves to be shot in the head!

      January 31, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fluffles21

      There is never a "maybe" for saying a 14 year old deserves to get shot in the head at school.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      and fluffies21 shows her true anti firearms stance once again. please label liberal on board to this post

      January 31, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anzing

      There is something wrong with "her" post? Please explain.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mea

      "Maybe" or not, nobody deserves to get shot over pettiness point blank.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristal

      What 14 year old MIGHT deserve to be shot in the head? Seriously?

      January 31, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Maybe hitler when he was 14 but you would need a time machine for that and a way to avoid the paradox

      January 31, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • David B

      Ohhhhhh, he said "maybe," so that make everything OK. How crazy I was to think he actually meant what he was saying.

      Oh, wait, I mean "MAYBE how crazy I was...."

      January 31, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • beesun

      your comment is absolute dumb

      January 31, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • akismet-a242026f04e63b4f4e3978936eb39668

      Wow. That's a pretty sad commentary on our society, right there.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. SuperJ

    Back in the 1920's there were over 1.7 million Tommy Guns manufactured. Tommy Guns were machine guns that had up to a 100 round magazine. Yet, no one was killing our children. When are we as a society going to wake up. This is a social/mental problem. Pssst.... to solve this problem we need to start at the family unit.

    January 31, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      Most of those Tommy guns were used in police and military applications.

      January 31, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • NYC Media Hype

      Gun nuts.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill from GA

      Ever heard of the 'roaring 20's'? Machine Gun Kelly?

      Ya think that was all Hollywood lore?

      January 31, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      Just remember the guns are our future.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Many of our Banks have ARMED GUARDS, because we value our MONEY; Apparently, we don't value our CHILDREN as much.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      gun nuts is right. times are different, the more guns out there and the easier it is to get them the more killings there will be. there are too many people who lose their temper and are in a state of rage for a few moments. if those people have a loaded gun by their side they wont hesitate to fire. what used to be a fist fight will become a shootout and innocent people will by killed. why does anyone other than law enforcement or the military need guns? the nra puts fear into its simple minded followers, they repeat the same things that the nra tell them over and over.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mom of 5

    The student parents were exercising their 2nd Amendment rights!??????

    January 31, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • susan

      Like other gun owners,the parent should be accountable for the shooting even they are the one to pull the trigger.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Daniela

    Can't take one more thing like this...not one more. What a freaking sick world we live in. We are nothing more than animals. Disgusting.

    January 31, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Then go end it stop soap boxing your feelings

      January 31, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • michael

      i agree. the only good thing is we will be extinct some day just like every other species on this earth and we will be forgotten. perhaps evolution will create a more peaceful being... perhaps.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mick

      Obviously we are just animals – were we ever anything else?
      The big lie is either 1. we are civilized, or 2. civilized life is good for us.

      Clearly, with all that is going on in society today we are not civilized.
      If this is the definition of civilization, then it is not good for us. We have totally lost our connetion with the world, and with each other.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yakobi

      So stop reading the news. The media are over-hyping EVERY shooting just to draw your eyeballs to their story.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Animals don't kill out of anger so don't insult them. It's more accurate and appropriate to call them monsters.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. WW

    Just another day in a gun culture country.

    January 31, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MisterPL

    Any conspiracy theorists thinking this is the work of those in favor of gun control should take an honest look at who really profits whenever there's a predictable spike in gun sales following a well-publicized shooting.

    January 31, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DE

    That old "people don't kill people, people kill people" is really getting old. People WITH GUNS kill people.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      and people with knives
      and people with baseball bats
      and people with cars
      and people with meat tenderizers

      ...what is your point?

      January 31, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom clanie

      It's gotten old because people like you keep thinking that the gun and not society is to blame. You want a law to take the place of responsibility in this country. If you teach the youth the proper respect for life and to respect the effects of firearms, then your ignorant rant would not be needed. The Boy Scouts have been doing this for decades and they TEACH children about firearm.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      People with automobiles KILL people. People with Hammers kill people, people with knives KILL people, people who push others off tall buildings KILL people. At some point it gets back to the responsibility of the person/persons who commit these crimes. The car didnt just do it, the knife didnt and neither does the gun. Not one of my guns has jumped out of the safe and killed someone. Either I am buying much more intelligent firearms or I am being more responsible. I'm pretty sure we can figure that one out. Now get back to counting out your tax money for the socialists.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. anonytoo

    Everyone wants to blame violent movies/video games/guns.

    Where do you think this kid got the idea to shoot somebody? Most likely not from any of the aforementioned, but watching any news channel any time of the day. This stuff has been happening dozens of times every day for 40 years. But only now when all the news outlets are owned by people with agendas do you hear about every single case.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. faboge

    America is the land of outlaws and lawlessness! Nobody legislative bodies have the balls to enact laws, they're afraid some shadowy lobby group is going to campaign against them next election cycle if they enact laws!

    January 31, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      We already have laws that are not being enforced. We have Attorney General Holders words he will not enforce some laws because he disagrees with them. We have santuary cities where NO ONE will enforce immigration laws. Dont talk about laws. There's always been this one constant one in society DO NOT KILL.....that hasnt changed no matter the weapon!

      January 31, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cliff

    How in the world does a 14 get a gun, this is where they should be looking; not to mention why does this 14 think he needs a gun.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SMiD72

    What you people fail to realize is that gun laws will not stop this. if not a gun maybe the student makes pipe bombs or stabbing. This needs to stop happening but it needs to start at home. the police and teachers are NOT your kids baby sitters.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      I'll sign on to anything that stops this, but gun control works. fact.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • michael

      your answer is bs and just an excuse to continue what you think is your right. The 2nd ammendment is highly overated. it should reflect the reality of our times. mark my words gun control will pass soon.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Big_D

    I see the NRA arm the students idea is already in practice in some areas.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Boo

    Here we go again....

    January 31, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Eric

    Hundreds of people die every day from guns, nothing new. It's just the media that is now making a story to get readership. We had plenty of guns around 60 yrs ago, and MUCH easier access by kids. Every 15 yr old used to go hunting for squirrels for daily fun. It's society that is erroding and going down the tubes, has nothing to do with guns at all.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lanfear

      Killing squirrels for fun? That's not hunting, that's just being cruel and wreckless.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • michael

      well eric since we probably cant make all people nice and sane we need to disarm them. one child is worth more than your 2nd ammendment rights case closed

      January 31, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Tapart

      I'm so sick of the one child argument. We could easily apply it to first amendment rights so that no kid could be bullied to the point they choose suicide. So no more free speech because one child's life is worth more than your 1st amendment right.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. James Chavez

    They should pass a law to force criminals to participate in gun control.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lanfear

      You conveniently forget that all these gunmen have no prior criminal history. They are just regular citizens with access to guns, or their parents guns (who also have no criminal history).

      This argument has nothing to do with those who live a criminal lifestyle, we know "criminals" can access guns either way, that isn't news.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
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