Cummings Elementary School shooting: Boy, 13, critically injured, 1 student arrested
The shooting victim at the Memphis school was 13 years old and was taken to a nearby hospital in 'critical but stable condition'
Update: Memphis Police Department said in a news conference hours after the shooting, that one student has been arrested in connection with the incident. The 13-year-old boy will be charged with criminal attempted first-degree murder. He will be taken into juvenile detention. A motive for the shooting has still not been announced.
In the moments after the shooting, police said the suspected shooter, another boy who went to school at Cummings Elementary, ran from the school and took off in a vehicle, according to police. MPD said that boy turned himself in to police soon after and was taken into custody, though police could not establish a motive for the shooting at that time. Hours after the shooting, Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dr Joris Ray revealed the school shooting victim was currently in surgery. He also revealed that Cummings Elementary had a random metal detector search earlier the same day.
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE: An elementary school was put on lockdown following a shooting that left one student in critical condition. Memphis Police Department responded to reports of gunshots being fired at Cummings Elementary School on Thursday, September 30 morning. One boy was reportedly injured in the said incident. The victim, who was said to be in a critical condition was taken to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital for treatment.
The Shelby County School district released a statement regarding the shooting that said, "We are aware of the incident at Cummings K-8 and will share preliminary information as soon as possible. The school is currently on lockdown as a safety precaution. Parents have been notified of the situation. We are working with SCS Security and the Memphis Police Department to gather more information for further updates." In a spate of school shootings recently, we have reported how several fights broke out at Annapolis High School early Wednesday, September 29 morning resulting in stabbings that sent two students to the hospital. One student was fatally shot by another Washington Middle School in August, while a sixth-grader girl at Rigby Middle School in Idaho went on a shooting spree injuring three before being arrested.
The Memphis Police Department said in a statement that they were on the scene clearing the building, relocating students and faculty to a staging area. "At 9:15 AM, officers responded to a shooting at 1037 Cummings. Officers located one male juvenile victim who was transported to Le Bonheur in critical condition. Officers are clearing the building. Students and faculty members are being relocated to the staging area. No other injuries have been reported." The statement further added, "No arrests have been made. The investigation is ongoing. Officers are attempting to locate the male juvenile suspect."
1037 Cummings shooting update. pic.twitter.com/9pwIWNSi7c— Memphis Police Dept (@MEM_PoliceDept) September 30, 2021