A 17-year-old Therrell High School student has been charged in the shooting of five people near the school, police said Wednesday. But they said they have not yet determined what prompted the quadruple shooting.
Marcellus Brooks was charged with five counts of aggravated assault in the shooting that happened around 4 p.m. around Panther Trail and Childress Drive in southwest Atlanta, according to Atlanta police. He remained at the Fulton County jail Wednesday without bond, according to booking records.
In response to the shooting, Atlanta Public Schools and the Atlanta Police Department provided extra security on campus and students were not allowed to bring backpacks for the remainder of the school year, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
School officials said Tuesday that the victims were believed to be students. All five were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital in stable condition, police spokesman Officer John Chafee said.
So far, one patient was treated and released and another is scheduled to be discharged Wednesday afternoon, according to the AJC. Three others were expected to remain in the hospital until Thursday.
Police have not released the identities of the victims or their injuries. Police also have not released any details surrounding the circumstances of the shooting.
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.
Although the shootings did not happen on campus, Therrell High School was placed on lockdown for students participating in after-school activities, officials said.
Shavien Dennis told reporters outside Grady that her 17-year-old daughter, Tekevious Redding, was shot and still has a bullet lodged in her leg, the AJC reported.
Redding, a senior at Therrell and the mother of a baby, had just left campus on her final day of school before graduation rehearsals, Dennis said.
“She tried to run and realized she wasn’t running anymore,” Dennis said. “She was on the ground and she said blood was everywhere.”
Brooks, whose next court appearance is scheduled for May 28, was arrested last month by MARTA police and charged with felony robbery for a March incident, according to jail records. He was released on $8,000 bond after 15 days in jail.