Teen Gunned Down by Classmate at Tenn. HS

Suspect is in custody; Knoxville's Central HS placed under lockdown
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 21, 2008 1:49 PM CDT
A student is comforted by her mother outside the school.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A student fatally shot a 16-year-old classmate during a dispute today at a Tennessee high school. Other teens watched in horror as the victim clutched his chest and fell to the floor. "This wasn't a shooting that was a random act," a Knoxville policeman said. "It was an individual directing his aggression toward another individual, not the school or the students inside the school."

The shooting happened shortly after 8am at the Central High School cafeteria, a police spokesman said, and the suspected shooter was taken into custody minutes later on a nearby street. The suspect and victim knew each other, said the Knox County School System superintendent, although authorities haven't released the names of the victim or suspect. No other students were injured.