A victim is loaded into an ambulance shortly after the shooting at a middle school in Atlanta, January 31 2013.
ATLANTA, Ga. (WXIA) -- Officials say a 14-year-old boy was shot in the head at Price Middle School, near the Lakewood Heights neighborhood south
of downtown Atlanta on Thursday afternoon.
Photo Gallery: Pictures from the shooting scene
The Atlanta Fire Department tells our sister station WXIA 11Alive that the injured teen has been taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.
Atlanta Public Schools public information officer Steve Alford said the
gunshot wound was more toward the back of the neck, and indicated that
the boy was awake when taken to the hospital.
A teacher was also injured, possibly trampled in the
confusion following the shooting. The teacher was also taken to the hospital but the victim's condition is not presently known.
Alford said the shooting suspect was apprehended by police. Atlanta Police spokesperson Carlos Campos said the suspect was tentatively identified as a student. Campos went on to say the shooting happened outside the school building. Atlanta Public School officials confirmed that the suspect was a student at Price Middle School.
Price Middle School, along with nearby Carver High School and Slater
Elementary School have been placed on lockdown, and parents are being
asked not to come to the school to avoid any additional confusion in the
According to 11Alive's Julie Wolfe and Sam Crenshaw on the scene, the
assistant principal of Price Middle School came out to tell assembled
parents that their children are OK.
Students are being taken to a nearby church, where parents will be able to pick up their children.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said he is very concerned about the incident in a statement released from his office.
"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 and move
on 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."
Televised helicopter images show emergency vehicles at the school building on the south side of Atlanta.
The neighborhood where the school is located is in what was once the
Carver Homes Housing Project. The projects were razed and replaced with
homes and apartments. Price Middle School and Carver High School were
both built in recent years in the same area.
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