DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - Police officers in North Carolina arrested a teenager Friday on charges he shot several students at a DeKalb County elementary school with a pellet gun.
The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office received an arrest warrant on April 30 after DeKalb County School Police identified the 14-year-old as a suspect.
Several students suffered non-life threatening injuries on April 25 when someone fired a pellet gun outside of Wynbrooke Elementary School while students were on the playground.
Sheriff’s office investigators, with assistance from DeKalb Schools Police, located the suspect and alerted the Durham, North Carolina Police Department, which took the juvenile into custody.
The suspect who is being held in a youth detention center will be extradited to Georgia. He faces nine counts of Aggravated Assault Weapon Felony charges.
Police will not publicly identify the suspect because he’s a juvenile.
None of the students suffered life-threatening injuries, and all of the wounded were released to their parents on the evening of the shooting after undergoing treatment at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.
In a statement to FOX 5 Atlanta, DeKalb Superintendent/CEO Dr. Stephen Greene said, "I am happy that no students were seriously injured in this incident and that the suspect has been found. I would like to thank DCSD Public Safety as well as law enforcement in Durham for their hard work to track this individual down."