The student who was shot is being treated and is, “alert, conscious and breathing” according to the police.
The shooting took place around 2:00 PM around the time when the police found the injured student outside the school. He was immediately taken to a nearby hospital.
A suspect, another middle school student, is in police custody, the Atlanta Public Schools said in a statement. No other students were hurt.
The shooting follows a month long debate over gun violence after a Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut left 20 children and six adults dead.