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16-year-old Georgia high school student shot at bus stop

November 2, 2021 GMT

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy was in critical condition Tuesday after being shot in the head while waiting at a bus stop.

Lawrenceville police said the Central Gwinnett High School student was waiting for a bus around 6:30 a.m. when two other teenagers, ages 17 and 18, walked up to him and one of them shot him in the head, news outlets reported.

Neighbors spotted the suspects running through yards and helped direct police to them. Two suspects are in custody, police said.

Police said the shooting stemmed from a fight on Monday between the teens.

“They had a history where they had some sort of conflict, and of course this was the result,” Lawrenceville Lt. Jake Parker said.

Central Gwinnett High School’s principal, Shane Orr, confirmed the shooting in a statement to students.

“I do not have many details at this point, as this situation is still being investigated by the police. I have been notified that a 10th grader at our school has been identified as the victim. The police do have the person responsible in custody, and, unfortunately, the preliminary information I have received is that this individual is also a student at our school,” Orr said.

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Orr said there was no word on the condition of the student who was shot.

“This is a grave situation and our thoughts are with the family of this student,” he said.

Parker said the shooting happened around 6:30 a.m. Officers said the student was listed as critical at an area hospital.

The victim’s mother, Latoya Nicholson, identified the shot student as sophomore Timothy Barnes Jr. She said her son was shot in the head and is currently “brain dead.” She said she now has the decision to make on whether or not to take him off of life support, WXIA-TV reported.

A 17-year-old suspect is in custody and faces multiple charges, Parker said. An 18-year-old was also arrested, but Parker said his involvement remains under investigation.

Authorities have not released the names of the victim or the suspects in the case.