Teenage boy charged in pellet gun shooting of 9 elementary school kids

Teenage boy charged in pellet gun shooting of 9 elementary school kids

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Channel 2 Action News has learned that police have charged a teenage boy with the pellet gun shooting of nine students at a DeKalb County elementary school.

The students were injured as they played on the playground at Wynbrooke Elementary School on Thursday.

On Friday, police announced they had identified a suspect and found the pellet gun used in the shooting, but released little more information than that.

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Sources told Channel 2's Michael Seiden on Tuesday that the teen is charged with nine counts of aggravated assault, one for each injured student. It's unclear whether he has been taken into custody yet.

A special meeting was held Tuesday night to address concerns about what happened and how the school reacted.

"I still wasn't informed," one parent told Channel 2's Matt Johnson.

When Johnson asked Dr. Stephen Green about communication that parents asked for during the crisis, he said it is being reviewed.

"Maybe we can work to get something out as quickly as possible without sharing too many details for fear of being inaccurate," Green said.

The district is considering the construction of a fence around the playground to better secure it but some parents say it's hard for their kids to return without an arrest in the case.