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Price Middle School Shooting: Multiple Injuries In Attack At Southeast Atlanta School (UPDATE)

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A police officer responds outside Price Middle School after a shooting, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 in Atlanta.
A police officer responds outside Price Middle School after a shooting, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 in Atlanta.

Police responded to a shooting at Price Middle School in Atlanta early Thursday afternoon, WSBTV reports.

Authorities say that multiple people, including a 14-year-old boy, were wounded, according to Fox News.

Police said the teen -- now identified by family members as 8th grader Telvis Douglas -- was shot in the back of the neck and immediately transported to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment, 11Alive reports. Douglas was reportedly awake and responsive while being transported to the hospital, and the injuries are non-life threatening.

Atlanta Police spokesperson Carlos Campos said that the attack was not random. Investigators believe something occurred between two students that may have led to the shooting, according to the Associated Press.

The second victim -- a teacher -- received medical attention for minor cuts and bruises. The teacher may have been trampled during the chaotic scene, WXIA reports.

One person is in custody, according to CBS Atlanta. Campos told WXIA that the suspect was tentatively identified as a student. The shooting reportedly occurred outside the building.

The school was placed on lockdown, along with an elementary school and high school in the area. Parents were initially asked not to come to the school to avoid additional confusion, but students are being evacuated by bus to a nearby church where they will be reunited with their parents.

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From the Associated Press:

Shakita Walker, whose daughter is an eighth-grader at the school, said she received a text from her that said "Ma, somebody's shooting and somebody got shot." Walker, who works at another school, said she jumped in her car and was thinking "just hurry up and get there."

Walker said her daughter called to tell her that they were being kept in the gymnasium, but she said she was anxious to see her to make sure she was OK.

The fear and anxiety was palpable in the crowd, as one person yelled "Does anyone know what happened?"

Laquanda Pittman said she still hasn't heard from her sixth-grade son. She said she heard the news of the shooting on TV and immediately came to the school.

"All types of stuff went through my head. I'm wondering whether it was my child who got shot, is my child OK, did he see what happened?" Pittman said.

She said she just wants to see her son.

"As a parent, you just think you can send your child to school and you hope they come home OK," she said.

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