Police say the 15-year-old sophomore brought a rifle to school by hiding it in his pants leg. He also had a .357 Magnum in his bookbag.
Students recounted that the shooter began firing the rifle “from the hip,” without aiming at anyone in particular, and wounded six students while others ran out the doors.
He surrendered in tears to an assistant principal, according to authorities. The gunman handed over the gun to an assistant principle, Cecil T. Brinkley, and hugged him, saying “I’m so scared.”
Four students remain in the hospital, but none of the injuries are considered life-threatening.
Police have not released the boy’s name, but classmates have identified the accused as a Boy Scout and a baseball player. Friends say he was distraught over problems with his girlfriend.
The County District Attorney says he will move to transfer the case to Superior Court and charge the boy as an adult with multiple counts of aggravated assault, cruelty to children and weapons violations.
Students from the Atlanta, Georgia suburb went to a nearby church today to meet with counselors and ministers.
The shooting occurred on the one month anniversary after two students opened fire at their school in Colorado killing 15 people.
Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. took the opportunity to pass a juvenile crime bill with gun control measures requiring background checks at gun shows and more child safety devices.