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Student shot during fight at Georgia high school, sheriff says

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Posted at 4:29 PM, Aug 16, 2023
and last updated 2023-08-16 16:29:02-04

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A student was shot during a fight at a central Georgia high school that escalated into gunfire Wednesday, authorities said. Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree told news outlets that the suspected shooter, a juvenile, remains at large following the shooting at Josey High School in Augusta. One student was shot in the finger and transported to a hospital for treatment, sheriff’s spokesperson Kimberly Lee said. Augusta University Health confirmed to the Augusta Chronicle that it is treating one shooting victim for injuries that are not life-threatening. Samaria Stallings, a junior, told the newspaper she was in class when she heard two gunshots inside the school. Stallings said her teacher locked the door and told the class to be quiet and contact their parents. “I immediately called my mom because I was scared,” Stallings said. “We had to wait at least two hours and then the police came and pointed guns at us. … They were treating us like we were the ones who shot up the school.” Stallings said deputies instructed the students to come out of the room with their hands up. “It was very traumatizing because this is not the first time we have had an experience like this and it’s very sad,” she said.