Five people were shot Tuesday afternoon near Therrell High School in southwest Atlanta – and police hours later said they were questioning a possible suspect.
“Investigators are actively working this case and are speaking with a possible suspect,” Atlanta police spokesman Officer John Chafee said in an emailed statement.
So far, no charges have been filed and none of the victims’ names have been released.
The investigation began around 4 p.m. when officers responded to Panther Trial and Children Drive after getting a report of a person shot, according to police. But when officers arrived they found more than one victim. They found five.
All of them were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital in stable condition, police spokesman Officer John Chafee said. Their wounds were not believe to be life-threatening/
Police said they don’t know what prompted the quadruple shooting, which they said did not occur on school property. Still, the victims are believed to be Therrell students, a spokeswoman for Atlanta Public Schools said. It was not immediately known if the alleged shooter was also a student.
Although the shootings did not happen on campus, Therrell High School was placed on lockdown for students participating in after-school activities, APS spokeswoman Kimberly Willis Green said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The school system announced on Twitter that all afternoon activities were cancelled at Therrell.
One student told the AJC that he and his brother saw a group of more than 20 students running. Then, the two heard at least five gunshots. The brothers ran to a nearby gas station, where they told a woman in a car to call 911, the paper reported.
FBI and U.S. Marshals also responded to the scene to assist in the investigation, according to a media report.