ATLANTA — A student opened fire at his middle school Thursday, wounding a 14-year-old in the neck before an armed officer working at the school snatched the gun away, police said.
Multiple shots were fired in the courtyard of Price Middle School just south of downtown about 1:50 p.m., and the one boy was hit, Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said. The wounded boy was treated at Grady Memorial Hospital and released late Thursday. Police spokesman Carlos Campos said charges against the shooter were pending.
Police swarmed the school of about 400 students while a crowd of anxious parents gathered in the streets. Students were kept at the locked-down school for more than two hours before being dismissed.
Investigators believe the shooting was not random but did not yet know the motive.
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Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis said the school has metal detectors. “The obvious question is how did this get past a metal detector?” he said.
Police did not release details about the officer who took the gun away. Since 20 children and six adults were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, there have been calls for armed officers in every school nationwide.
In other gun violence Thursday:
Texas prosecutor slain: Mark Hasse, a county prosecutor in Kaufman, 35 miles from Dallas, was fatally shot Thursday near the courthouse by one or two gunmen, whom witnesses described as wearing masks, black clothing and tactical-style vests. Hasse, 57, was the county’s lead felony prosecutor. Authorities said the suspect or suspects got out of a Ford Taurus, fired on Hasse and then got back in the car and drove away.
Arizona slaying: Arthur Douglas Harmon, who shot and killed a call-center chief executive, critically wounded a lawyer and wounded a third person Wednesday at a Phoenix office building, was found dead early Thursday. Harmon, 70, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.
Material from The New York Times is included in this report.