An Atlanta teen is facing five counts of aggravated assault after opening fire at five people at Therrell High School in Georgia on Tuesday. The 17-year-old was arrested and charged for the school shooting.
Marcellus Brooks is currently being held at Fulton County Jail, according to Atlanta Police Officer John Chafee.
The shooting took place around 4 p.m. Tuesday and occurred 100 yards away from the school building. Officials with Atlanta Public Schools confirmed those shot were students at the high school but sustained non-life threatening injuries.On Tuesday night, three students involved in the school shooting were still in the hospital – one of which had a bullet strike her leg, according to her mother, Shavien Dennis.
“She tried to run and realize she wasn’t running anymore,” Dennis said. “She was on the ground and she said blood was everywhere.”
The school was placed on lockdown following the shooting. Administrators announced that backpacks and bags would be prohibited for the remainder of the school year as a safety precaution.
Atlanta Police Sgt. Greg Lyon told The Associated Press that Brooks will be charged as an adult. It is unknown if he has legal reorientation but is expected to make his first court appearance this morning.
Witnesses said a group of 30 to 35 people were arguing when the student pulled out a gun, per Fox 5 News. The motive for the shooting is unknown.
The chairman for the Fulton County Board of Commissioners called the shootings “particularly upsetting and distressing.”
“When our young people are victimized by the crime of our city streets, it serves as a sad reminder of the challenges we as leaders confront in trying to make our streets safer for Fulton County families,” Chairman John Eaves goes on to say in a statement.
It is not known if the school shooting suspect was indeed a student at Therrell High School.