- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 31, 2013

A 14-year-old boy was shot in the neck at an Atlanta middle school after a fellow student opened fire, authorities said.

Shots were fired at Price Middle School just before 2 p.m., hitting the boy in the back of the neck, police said.

The victim is “alert, conscious and breathing,” a police spokesman said. He was taken to a local hospital and is expected to be discharged Thursday night. A teacher was also hospitalized with minor injuries.

The suspect, who reportedly targeted the victim after a dispute, was apprehended within minutes of the shooting by an off-duty police official, authorities said.

A gun was recovered at the scene but police did not detail what kind it was.

The school was put on “hard lockdown” after the shooting was first reported. Fox News reported that the children were released about 4 p.m. from an auditorium where they were being held.

Parents waiting to pick up their children were frustrated that they weren’t told who was injured.

“We want to know who the injured child is,” Lashanda Williams, who has a 7th-grade son in the school, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We are all wondering, ‘What if it is our child?’”

Shamaka McGhee said her daughter, a 6th-grader, called and told her, “There’s a standoff, there’s a standoff. There’s an intruder in the school, a boy going around shooting people,” the newspaper reported.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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