12-year-old in ICU after being shot outside elementary school, police say

12-year-old shot by another juvenile at Rockdale elementary school, deputies say

ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. — Police are investigating after a 12-year-old boy was found shot at an elementary school.

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded around 6:30 p.m. to a person shot at Peek's Chapel Elementary School.

Deputies found a 12-year-old boy with a gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital, where he is in the intensive care unit but stable. His identity hasn't been released.

A 15-year-old has been charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery. The teen's identity has not been released.

Channel 2 Investigative Reporter Nicole Carr is in Rockdale County, digging into how the shooting could have happened.

The school district released a statement saying no students or staff were on campus at the time of the shooting:

"We are deeply concerned about the incident that occurred after hours on the property of Peek's Chapel Elementary Friday night.  At this time, our thoughts and prayers are with the young man who was injured.  Again, this occurred after hours when no students or staff were on campus.  We will assist law enforcement as needed during their investigation."

Carr learned, however, that the campus was open to the public when the shooting happened because the school grounds and basketball court are open on evenings and weekends.


Carr spoke to a neighbor, who said the basketball court was full of young people as the helicopter took off with the injured child.

Another neighbor who has a grandson at the school, Angela Glenn, said enough is enough.

"I'm just worried about these kids," Glenn said. "First of all, how are they getting their hands on guns so easily, you know?"

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