A teenager has died and another was injured after a shooting outside an Atlanta high school early Sunday morning, police said.
There are no suspects in custody at this time, but police said the incident involved several high school students.
Atlanta Police Department officers responded to a report of multiple people being shot at Benjamin E. Mays High School around 2:27 a.m. Two victims, a 16-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy, were found on places. and taken to local hospitals.
The girl was pronounced dead while the boy is in stable condition, police said.
The victims, who were both rising juniors, have not been identified. It is not known if the teenagers attended Benjamin E. Mays High School.
At a Sunday afternoon press conference, Mayor Andre Dickens said the deceased victim was “full of life.”
“My heart goes out to both families, and certainly to the family of the deceased,” he said. “This young lady was full of life and was actually scheduled to work for the City of Atlanta starting Tuesday through our summer youth employment program.”
Benjamin E. Mays High School is Dickens’ alma mater.
In a statement, Atlanta Public Schools said the gathering at the end of the high school exit aisle was not permitted. There were other children at the school from different districts and counties, according to Dickens.
“I’m asking parents across the metro area, I’m asking young people across the metro area to keep you safe, to make sure your parents know where you are. And parents, know where your kids are,” he said. said Dickens. “And young people looking to congregate after midnight and find places to go, we want you to be safe and to make quality, conscious decisions about where you go.”
Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Lisa Herring called the shooting, which happened just days after the end of the school year, “tragic.”
“A crisis team will be on campus next Tuesday to assist those who may need additional support,” Herring said. “Our condolences go out to our families who have been affected.”
The Atlanta Police Department continues to investigate the shooting and is offering a $10,000 reward for information.