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.
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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.
Atlanta Public Schools confirmed both the victim and the suspect are students at Price Middle School.
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.”
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.
ATLANTA, Ga., (CNN) – 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.