On January 31, 2013 at approximately 1:50 in the afternoon, a student opened fire and wounded another student inside the Price Middle School near downtown Atlanta. A 14-year old student was wounded and an “armed resource officer” disarmed the shooter before further carnage could occur.
The school was locked down as the school’s emergency protocol was followed. One of the students at the school, James Bolton Jr. told a reporter “They told us we had to be quiet. They said something went on in the courtyard.” James did not even know there was a shooting until the reporter from AP asked him.
The school does have a metal detector and it is unknown. Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis said “The obvious question is how did this get past a metal detector? That’s something we do not know yet.”
No information on the shooter was released and no one would confirm whether the armed resource officer was regularly employed at the school. Police “swarmed the school” well after the situation was brought under control, demonstrating how an armed good guy has the ability to respond to a threat well before the police arrive.
Fortunately, the victim who was shot in the neck was to be released from the hospital in the evening.