Thursday, August 21, 2008

Tragedy at Central High

This morning, a student walked into Central High School in Knoxville and-after an argument with another student- drew a gun and shot that other student:

Knoxville Police said the victim of this morning's shooting has died.

They also said the shooting was not random; instead, they do believe the victim was targeted specifically by the suspect.

Both the suspect and the weapon have been taken into custody.

Nicole and I used to live not terribly far from where this shooting occurred. When I heard where it had happened, I was shocked. Yes, the Fountain City area seems to have seen an increase in criminal activity in recent years, but when you are familiar with a place, it still comes as a surprise when you hear that something like this has happened there. My prayers go out to the victim and his family, and all of the students at Central High today. Ryan McDonald, a 16-year old student, has died after being shot.

The suspect knew and intended to shoot the victim, police report.

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