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School Tragedy in Conyers, Georgia

BY Admin  May 20, 1999 at 4:03 PM EST

At Heritage High School in Conyers, Georgia, a student opened fire on classmates, wounding six before being apprehended.

Earlier in the day, school Superintendent Don Peccia reported that none of the injuries were considered life threatening and all of the victims were listed in stable condition.

Since then, two of the victims have been treated and released from an area hospital. The other four will remain overnight. 

The most seriously injured, a 15-year-old girl, was airlifted to an Atlanta hospital to undergo surgery for a gunshot wound that punctured her intestines. She currently is recovering from the operation and is listed in stable condition.

Rockdale County Sheriff Jeff Wigington reported that the gunman, a sophomore at the high school, is in police custody. District Attorney Richard Read said two weapons have been recovered: a .22-caliber rifle and a .22-caliber revolver.

President Clinton, who was planning to visit Columbine High School today, called today’s shooting “deeply troubling” and said the nation must press ahead with its campaign against youth violence.

Prior to his departure, President Clinton said, “This incident again should underscore how profoundly important it is that all Americans come together in the face of these events to protect all of our children from violence.”

On Capitol Hill, the Senate continues to debate the juvenile justice bill. Senator Orrin Hatch, upon hearing the news coming out of Georgia, told his colleagues, “It is apparent we have to do something to stop this and this bill is a very considered attempt to do exactly that.”

The Senate later adopted greater restrictions on gun sales at gun shows and pawn shops.