- CONYERS, GA. - Exactly one month after the school shooting in Littleton,
Colorado, shots rang out this morning at a high school east of Atlanta.
- Rockdale County Sheriff's deputies report
at least 4 students have been shot at Heritage High School in the town
of Conyers. Six students in all were injured. The Rockdale County Sheriff's
deputies report none of the injuries are life-threatening and the shooter
is in custody.
- The shooting happened just after 8 a.m
ET. The gunman, a sophomore at the high school, opened fire in the common
area of the school near the cafeteria where some students were eating breakfast.
- Police arrested the suspect within 10
minutes. One witness, high school senior William Britt, said the shooter
was carrying a rifle and a handgun. Britt also reported that the gunman
put the handgun in his mouth as if he were about to shoot himself.
- "He put the revolver in his mouth,
but he didn't shoot himself," Britt said. At least one weapon has
- Another witness said he initially thought
it was a prank. "I thought it was firecrackers until I saw kids running
towards me," said Tony Gray, a math teacher at the school.
- While police don't believe there are
any bombs in the school, the bomb squad has been called in to search the
- Five of the injured students were taken
immediately to nearby Rockdale Hospital in Conyers, GA. The sixth student
was taken to hospital in Atlanta.
- Heritage High School has approximately
1,400 students. Thursday marked the last day of school for senior students
at the school.
- Hours after the shooting, the U.S. senate
voted 79-29 to enact tougher restrictions on the purchasing of firearms.
The Republican amendment to the juvenile crime bill will require background
checks on all firearm transactions at gun shows and pawn shops.
- One month ago today two high school students
murdered 13 people in a shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton,
- U.S. President Bill Clinton, due to visit
the survivors of Littleton Thursday, called the shooting "deeply troubling."