On Thursday, authorities confirmed that a middle school student in Greenville, South Carolina, was taken to hospital after being shot by another student. Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis said the teenage gunman was arrested near Tanglewood Middle School shortly after the shooting that occurred in the front section of the school.
Sheriff Lewis said of the shooter at a press conference: ” He was hiding. He’s a young man, he probably didn’t understand the consequences of what had just happened. I don’t think he knew what to do honestly other than quit school. Lewis also said a police officer at the school called for the shooting and requested emergency backup around 12:30 p.m., causing more than 200 deputies and other law enforcement officers to rush to the school.
The condition of the student who was shot is not known, Greenville County Schools spokesman Tim Waller said in a statement. Deputies are still investigating the shooting and currently have no grounds as to why the shooting occurred. Greenville County Schools Superintendent Burke Royster said: “I’m not sure that after a full and thorough investigation by law enforcement, anyone will truly know what was going through the mind of this youngster who committed this reckless act.”
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