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Student shoots another student at Memphis school, suspect in custody

Student shoots another student at Memphis school, suspect in custody
A crime scene is pictured with yellow law enforcement line with police car and lights in the background. File Photo by Carl Ballou/Shutterstock

Sept. 30 (UPI) -- A student shot another student at Cummings K-8 Optional School in South Memphis on Thursday, leaving a 13-year-old boy hospitalized.

Memphis Assistant Chief of Police Don Crowe told reporters the 13-year-old boy was transported to LeBonheur Children's Hospital and was listed in "critical, but stable condition."

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"Certainly, at this point we need to be praying for that child and the child's family so that he can make a full recovery," Crowe said.

During the investigation, video evidence indicated that the shooter was another student at the school who fled the school in a vehicle after the shooting, but since then the suspect has turned himself in, according to Crowe.

Crowe said it was too early to determine motive, but detectives were conducting a "very thorough investigation."

"All the evidence that we've gathered at this point indicates one suspect," Crowe added in response to a reporter's question at the news conference.

Shelby County Schools district spokesperson Jerica Phillips said students were transported to a safe location during a precautionary school lockdown, and since the suspect has been taken into custody, they notified their parents and began dismissal.

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"Our thoughts and prayers are are with the family of the student," Philips said.

Philips also noted that the district conducted active shooter training on Sept. 2 to help prepare and implement safety protocols.

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