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JACKSON, Tenn. (FOX13) -

A student was shot in the leg outside a building at Liberty Technology Magnet High School in Jackson, Tenn., and a suspect who allegedly shot the student is in custody, Jackson Police said via social media Thursday afternoon.

Jackson Police said a 17-year-old student who was shot in the leg is in stable condition. The shooting took place at around 2:20 p.m. The student was admitted to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital for a single gunshot wound and is in stable condition.

Jackson Police learned that victim was shot outside, in front of the school, as school was being dismissed for the day. The shooter was identified as a 16-year-old Liberty Tech High student.

Police said the suspected teen shooter was taken into custody within 30 minutes of the shooting. The teen was arrested at the boy's grandmother's home on Cotton Grove Road.

The alleged teen shooter is being questioned by investigators and was transported to the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center.

We know news travels a lot more quickly these days with social media, which is exactly how many families found out about the school shooting. As they rushed to pick up loved ones, they weren't exactly sure what they would find once they were on campus.

Mark Lovar, who attends another Jackson area high school, was on his way to pick up his younger brother when he heard the news.

"I was about 15 minutes into my drive when my mom called and said there had been a shooting, so we were just trying to call him and find out what was going on," Mark told FOX13 News.

Not knowing if the shooting was inside the school or outside, Lovar was surprised at what greeted him at his brother's school when he arrived, about 15 minutes after the shooting was reported to Jackson Police.

"The buses were still loaded, I could tell," Mark said. "There were all these cop cars and parents, so I just started filming."

Mark got to the school before police found the suspected shooter, and tried to find another way into the school to get to his brother.

"I was going the back way and they searched my car to try to find the suspect," Mark said.

At that point he realized just how serious the situation was, Mark said he was relieved when he was able to make contact with his brother.

"For those five minutes where we couldn't talk to him, it was really scary," Mark said.

The motive for he shooting remains under investigation.

If you have any information that could assist police you are urged to call the Jackson Police Department's Major Crimes Bureau at 731-425-8400 or Crime Stoppers at 731-424-8477 (TIPS). You can also submit a cyber tip at jmcrimestoppers.org and click on "web tips."

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FOX13 News reporter Kristin Tallent contributed to this report.

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