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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soundoff (304 Responses)
  1. Brian P

    We need stricter background checks for grade school kids.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lanfear

      I would assume the gun came from a parent, who should have never owned one to begin with.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gumbasha

    the kid who got shot could have been a punck BULLY and that's how he might have "deserved" to be shot, duhhh!

    January 31, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pedro Gonzalez

    Looks like CNN has a new agenda and intends to post an article about every killing every day now. Why not just have a murder clock, like the debt clock?

    January 31, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brandon Donavan

      Yeah but they will not post about the stories like the one in Houston yesterday, where a mother had her home invaded by 3 spanish speaking invaders that pulled out duct tape, but she was able to get to her gun and shoot one. Nah, CNN would never talk about the Lawfully Defensive stories where someone was not made a victim.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Wow really? So, facts are just to be ignored? I'm a gun owner and I'm ashamed of people like you.

      January 31, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Amy

    Yep, your name does suit you.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Melissa

    I want to know whose gun it was! They need to be charged! If there is 'responsible gun ownership', then gun owners need to be held accountable for their weapons, even if they are stolen.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bubba's cousin

    Then "norm" needs to change

    January 31, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Melissa

    I agree. I want 'responsible gun owners' to be held *responsible* for their guns!

    January 31, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Anil Mewara

    As Gifford said – be courageous and do something.
    Right to bear arms was centuries ago.
    What kind of guns were available then........

    January 31, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Canada Dave

    Alot of you clowns sound like the cave men when they were told they were no longer allowed their spears.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • safety

      Yeah they don't understand how other countries are faring better because they're still stuck in their caves.

      January 31, 2013 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jack

    Only comment is, "When are going to tried of this!"

    January 31, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lanfear

    Defenseless? Well, maybe fat lazy Americans can come up with a more creative way to defend themselves. It's sad that you've been conditioned to believe you NEED one. You've been watching too many movies.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike G

      Yep, if an armed intruder breaks into your home, just call 911 sit back and relax.
      You don't need a gun!

      February 1, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike G

      Yeah Right!

      February 1, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Peter

    The gang bangers get these guns off of the streets. The gun probably isn't even registered or it was stolen.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. blarney

    so everyone is blaming society and mental problems, and recommending that everyone should be armed to prevent these horrible things from happening, right? so where is the logic in arming people who comprise a largely crumbling and increasingly mentally ill society? Arming kids? Are you crazy?? Yeah, because children possess the common sense and decision making skills to properly employ a gun?? Children fight over the stupidest, most meaningless things, so let's up the ante and let those meaningless arguments end in more shooting deaths. The same goes for a lot of adults as well. Remember the old days of the wild west when practically everyone carried a gun on their hip? There's a reason we've moved on from those days, it's called progression. I'd rather not live in a John Wayne movie.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Grumpster

    We really need to teach people that shooting someone doesn't solve anything or make anything any better for anybody. People have not learned to deal with stress well, so fall all apart when the tiniest thing happens and without skills, they overreact and do stupid things. Praying isn't going to work so don't bother...this is reality. Go tell your kid that things like this are not right, nor do they have the right to do things like this.

    January 31, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bam

    have the delusional nutcases get their IT WAS STAGED video out yet?

    January 31, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
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