Atlanta Shootings: Teen Charged With Firing at 5 Students Outside School

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 08:08 AM

By Nick Sanchez

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A 17-year-old boy was charged this week in connection with the Atlanta shootings of five students near the city's Therrell High School on Tuesday. All five victims are alive and in stable condition, Fox Atlanta reported.

Marcellus Brooks was charged with five counts of aggravated assault Wednesday as police continue investigating exactly what happened.

"At this moment the motive has not been established," Officer John Chafee said in an email statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Investigators are following up on information and we are progressing the investigation."

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The names of the victims have not been officially released, however Shavien Dennis told reporters at Grady Memorial Hospital that his daughter, Tekevious Redding, was admitted overnight after being shot in the leg.

"She tried to run and realized she wasn’t running anymore," Dennis said. "She was on the ground and she said blood was everywhere."

Dennis said it was Redding's last day of school before graduation rehearsals.

Atlanta Public Schools spokeswoman Kimberly Willis Green confirmed that the campus was temporarily locked down after the incident, and said, "As a safety precaution, APS and APD will provide extra campus security, and students will not be permitted to carry book bags or backpacks for the remainder of the school year."

It remains unclear whether the alleged shooter, Brooks, was a student at the school. He has a prior criminal record, having been arrested in March and charged with felony robbery. He was released on $8,000 bond after 15 days in jail.

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