A shootout erupted at a high school in central Georgia on Wednesday, after a student was shot dead during a brawl, officials said.
Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree told news outlets that the boy suspected in the shooter is still at large after the shooting at Georgie High School in Augusta.
A student was shot in the finger and taken to the hospital for treatment, sheriff’s spokesman Kimberly Lee said. The Augusta University Health Department confirmed to the Augusta Chronicle that one shooting victim was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
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Third-grader Samaria Sterlings told the newspaper during class when she heard two gunshots inside her school. Stalling said her teacher locked the door and told her whole class to be quiet and call her parents.
“I got scared and called my mom right away,” Stolllings said. “We had to wait at least two hours, then the police came and pointed their guns at us…they treated us like we were the ones who shot the school. .”
Stallling said lawmakers instructed students to raise their hands and come out of the room. “It was very traumatic and very sad because it wasn’t the first time we had an experience like this,” she said.