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Telvis Douglas identified by family as shooting victim

10:58 PM, Jan 31, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA (WXIA) - Atlanta Police said a 14-year-old boy was shot at Price Middle School, near the Lakewood Heights neighborhood south of downtown Atlanta on Thursday afternoon.

According to Atlanta Fire Department Capt. Marian McDaniel, there was a 14-year-old who had been shot in the head. Grady Memorial Hospital says they have received one under-aged gunshot victim.

Initial reports indicated the shooting victim was a girl, however, Atlanta Police spokesman Carlos Campos later said the victim was a 14-year-old boy.

Members of the teen's family identified the victim as 8th grader Telvis Douglas. They said he's a starting football player for the school.

Atlanta Public Schools public information officer Steve Alford said the gunshot wound was more toward the back of the neck, and indicated that Douglas was awake when taken to Grady Hospital.

Douglas' family says he is doing well, but they were not certain if he would be released Thursday night.

The second person hurt was a teacher who received some minor cuts and bruises in the confusion following the shooting. The teacher was also taken to Grady.

Alford said the shooting suspect was apprehended by police. 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 area.

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 okay.

Students from Price were taken to nearby Emmanuel Baptist Church, which is where parents were able to pick up their children.

In a Thursday afternoon news conference, Atlanta School Superintendent Errol Davis said a school resource officer was on the scene and able to immediately take the suspect into custody following the shooting.

Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said in the same news conference that the suspect fired multiple shots, but that only Douglas was wounded. Campos said police investigators believe the shooting was not random and that something occurred between Douglas and the suspect that may have led to the shooting.

Davis said the school has metal detectors, and that school system officials are looking into how the gun got on campus.

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."

Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell was also concerned about the shooting. His office released a statement late Thursday afternoon.
"I was disheartened to learn of the shooting at Price Middle School earlier today. I will continue to pray for the student and teacher victims of today's incident, both of whom are recovering. I commend the swift action of the Price Middle School staff, the leadership of the Atlanta Public Schools and the Atlanta Police Department to ensure the safety of all other students. Gun violence connected with our young people has, yet again, taken an unfortunate toll on our community and our sense of safety. We are past the tipping point for action."

Televised helicopter images showed emergency vehicles and SWAT teams 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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