Student In Critical Condition After Shooting At Mitchell High School In Memphis

Aerial image of the school from Chopper 5, WMC-TV
Aerial image of the school from Chopper 5, WMC-TV
Parents rushed to the school to pick up their children.
Parents rushed to the school to pick up their children.

Story, photos, and video are courtesy of our sister station, WMC-TV in Memphis.

Memphis Police responded to a shooting at Mitchell High School Monday morning.

The victim, a student, was transported from the scene to The MED in critical condition.

The shooting happened in the school's cafeteria during a physical education class.  A witness inside the school reported hearing three gun shots, and said the victim was struck in the neck and the leg.

Shortly after the shooting, Memphis Police confirmed one person was taken into custody.

Mitchell High School is currently on lockdown.  School officials are allowing students to leave the school if they are accompanied by a parent.

Police were initially called to the scene just before 9:30 a.m.  The shooting happened just one week after a student was shot in the leg at Hamilton High School.

Memphis City Schools Executive Director of Communications Rita Cooper released the following statement shortly after the shooting:

"Memphis City Schools is deeply troubled to have learned that an unfortunate incident took place this morning at Mitchell High School. A student was shot by a classmate in the cafeteria during a physical education class that was being held in that area.

The student has been taken to the hospital and is being evaluated at this time. Our thoughts and prayers remain with this student and his family.

The suspect, who is also a student at Mitchell High, is in police custody.

Please understand that this incident involved two students and that the school is currently on lockdown.

Parents of Mitchell High students have been notified of the incident via the district's ParentLink communication system. We will provide more details as soon as they become available."

Story posted by Cathryn Khalil, Web Content Producer.