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Armed officer ends school shooting

ATLANTA — A student opened fire at his middle school Thursday afternoon, wounding a 14-year-old in the neck before an armed officer at the school was able to get the gun away, police said.

Shots were fired in the Price Middle School courtyard, just south of downtown around 1:50 p.m. and the boy was hit, police Chief George Turner said. In the aftermath, a teacher received minor cuts.

The victim was taken “alert, conscious, and breathing” to Grady Memorial Hospital, said police spokesman Carlos Campos. He was expected to be released Thursday night.

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Students were kept at the locked-down school more than two hours before dismissal.

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Investigators believe the shooting was not random and that something occurred between the two students.

“The obvious question is how did this get past a metal detector?” Superintendent Erroll Davis asked about the gun.

Associated Press