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Student shot at Price Middle School in Atlanta; suspect in custody

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A 14-year-old student was shot outside Price Middle School in Atlanta on Thursday, police said.

According to Atlanta Police spokesman Carlos Campos, police responded to a call of a student shot around 1:50 p.m. They found the student outside out of a building with a gunshot wound to the back of his neck. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released late Thursday. The boy's family identified him as Telvis Douglas, FOX 5's Kaitlyn Pratt reports.

In a press conference, Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis said it was not a random event, and that investigators believe something had occurred between the two students before the shooting.

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The suspect was disarmed and taken into custody by a school resource officer, according to Davis. That suspect has tentatively been identified as a student at Price Middle School, police said. According to Atlanta Police Chief George Turner, the school resource officer is an off-duty Atlanta Police officer who was armed at the time.

A paraprofessional suffered minor injuries when she was trampled by students who had heard the gunshot, APS officials said. She was treated at the scene for minor cuts and bruises, according to an Atlanta Fire Department spokesperson.

No other students were injured, Campos said.

The school, which has around 400 students and is located on Benjamin Weldon Bickers Drive, was placed on lockdown as police investigated.

Campos said that a small caliber handgun was retrieved at the scene.

Davis said that the school has metal detectors on campus. He said it was not clear how the gun got through those detectors.

SKYFOX 5 showed concerned parents and residents gathering around the school as they waited to hear more information about the incident.

"Not letting me know if my nephew is alright - and that's not professional," said one man.

Other parents loudly expressed their displeasure with the lack of confirmed information available.

Just before 5 p.m., buses began transporting students to Emmanuel Baptist Church located at 1582 Benjamin Weldon Bickers Drive, where parents were reunited with their children.

"When it's at your own door step, then you understand what a parent goes through. Not knowing if their child is OK. But now that I have my child in my arms, I am truly relieved," said Yolanda Ponder.

Davis defended the school's response to the shooting, saying it was an active crime scene and safety precautions had to be taken before releasing students and information.

"We can never release the students as quickly as the parents would like to see them released. But again, we want to make sure that all of our safety and security procedures were followed. And let me stop again by noting that there is nothing more important to us than the safety and security of our students," said Davis.

While some parents praised the district's cautious approach, others were critical. They complained that they should have been given more information and gotten it sooner. Many said they first heard of the incident via text message or cell phone from their students in the school

Charges are pending against the alleged gunman, police said.

In a statement, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed decried gun violence in schools.

"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," Reed said.

The mayor said that the city's Employee Assistance Program counselors were at the school providing guidance for students, faculty and family members.

"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," Reed said in the statement.

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