A student was shot and a teacher injured Thursday afternoon at Price Middle School in southeast Atlanta.
On Thursday evening the APS Superintendent and the Chief of Police held a press conference, which can bee seen in the video above.
A juvenile suspect was quickly apprehended by a school resource officer and taken into custody, Atlanta police said. A small-caliber handgun was recovered. It appeared the victim and suspect knew each other and had argued earlier.
Parents crowded around the school and were relieved to be reunited with their children when school let out.
Atlanta police released this statement:
Around 1:50 p.m. today (January 31, 2013), Atlanta Police responded to reports of a person shot at Price Middle School at 1670 Benjamin Weldon Bickers Drive in southeast Atlanta. On arrival, officers discovered a student had been shot outside of the building.
The student was transported in stable condition to Grady hospital with a gunshot wound to the back of his neck. He was alert, conscious and breathing on transport. Family members have told authorities he may be released as soon as tonight.
A suspect, tentatively identified as a fellow student, was immediately apprehended by a school resource officer – an off-duty Atlanta Police officer - and taken into custody. A weapon, a small caliber handgun, was recovered at the scene. Charges against the shooter are pending.
A school employee suffered minor injuries immediately following the shooting, though she was not wounded by gunfire. No other students were injured as a result of the incident. Identities of the victim and shooter will not be released due to their status as juveniles. The incident, including the motive, is under investigation by the Atlanta Police Department.
Preliminarily, it appears the incident was the result of a previous disagreement between the juveniles involved.