One person was killed and a second was injured in a shooting Friday night in the parking lot of at Mount Zion High School in Jonesboro, Georgia, just south of Atlanta.
According to Clayton County Police, the shooting happened after a graduation for the Perry Learning Center, an alternative high school.
The ceremony was held at the Mt. Zion High School’s performing arts center.
Clayton County Police Chief Thomas Treywick said he was heartbroken to learn of a shooting at the school.
“It was not pleasant,” Treywick said. “I was emotional because the last thing you want to do is have a situation at a graduation that results in anyone being injured.”
The Georgia shooting happened about 12 hours after ten people were killed in a rampage at Santa Fe High School in Texas.
Police said as families were leaving a graduation ceremony, an argument broke out in the overflow parking lot, which leading to the shooting.
Three victims – two with gunshot wounds – were transported to area hospitals.
A 21-year-old victim was taken to Atlanta Medical Center with gunshot wounds to the leg, while another woman was taken to Piedmont Henry Hospital. Officials said that woman, who was pregnant, was not shot rather she was hurt when she was pushed.
A third victim, a woman in her 40s, was taken to Southern Regional, but was later pronounced dead. Officials said she was shot three times in the chest.
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