Armed Officer Disarmed Atlanta School Shooter

After young gunman shot 14-year-old, say police
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2013 6:50 PM CST
Armed Officer Disarmed Atlanta School Shooter
Tiffany Myricle, 37, with daughter Xavia Denise Myricle after families were reunited.   (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton)

(Newser) – The 14-year-old boy who was shot at an Atlanta school today is doing fine and is expected to be released from the hospital tonight, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A fellow student is in custody, and police think a specific dispute between the two of them led to the shooting. Also of note: Police say an armed school resource officer—of the type the NRA is pushing—disarmed the suspect minutes after the shooting, though he happened to be off-duty at the time, reports AP.

The school had metal detectors, and authorities are trying to figure out how the small-caliber handgun apparently got through them. The shooting reportedly took place outside in a school courtyard. "Gun violence in and around our schools is simply unconscionable and must end," said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. "Too many young people are being harmed, and too many families are suffering from unimaginable and unnecessary grief." (Read more Atlanta stories.)

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