Thursday, January 31, 2013

Student shot at Price Middle School recovering at Grady (Update)

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Price Middle School in southeast Atlanta
A student is at Grady Memorial Hospital after being shot in the back of the neck outside Price Middle School in southeast Atlanta.

Atlanta Police Department spokesman Carlos Campos said officers responded around 1:50 p.m. today to reports of a person being shot outside the school. Officers discovered the student upon arrival. He was then transported "alert, conscious and breathing" to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Family members told law enforcement authorities he could be released as early as tonight, Campos said.

A suspect, who police believe is a fellow student, was immediately apprehended by an off-duty APD officer working as a school resource officer, Campos said. A small-caliber handgun was discovered at the scene.

"Charges against the shooter are pending," he said.

Police are investigating the circumstances leading up to the shooting, although "it appears the incident was the result of a previous disagreement between the juveniles involved."

A school employee suffered minor injuries after the shooting, the spokesman said, but she was not wounded by gunfire.

Mayor Kasim Reed said in a 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."

Earlier media reports said the shooting occurred at nearby Carver High School.

Note: This post has been altered to include updated information.

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