Second shooting in 24 hours at Georgia college, one injured

ATLANTA Mon May 5, 2014 7:25pm EDT

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ATLANTA (Reuters) - One student was wounded on Monday in a shooting at Paine College in Augusta, Georgia, less than 24 hours after school officials said a gun was fired in a dormitory.

A male student suffered a gunshot to the head in what authorities described as a life threatening injury, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

A suspect was taken into custody and police believe the person and student may have been involved in an altercation, according to the statement.

The shooting was reported around 1 p.m. EDT and prompted officials to order a lock down at the college. The security measure was lifted some four hours later, but the campus remained closed to the public, university officials said.

The incident followed another shooting on Sunday afternoon at the school. One student was injured by debris from a blast through a wall after a gun was fired in a male residence hall.

It was not immediately clear if the two shootings were related, officials said.

Paine College, a historically black college, has more than 800 students and is located some 140 miles east of Atlanta, according to its website.

(Reporting by Kevin Gray and David Beasley; Editing by Eric Walsh, Bernard Orr)

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carnivalchaos wrote:
Georgia has very lax gun laws, like the rest of the South, and like the US in general. Yet the US has the highest rate of gun violence among all developed countries. (I think Mexico may beat us out, but they get most of their guns from who? Yes, the US. Us.)

Also, the South, where gun laws are most liberal, has the highest rates of gun violence among the states of this country. This is why the conservative talking point that more guns make us safer is utterly absurd. We must stop allowing the conservatives to dictate gun laws to us. It’s getting us killed.

May 05, 2014 6:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
YouGoYo wrote:
Way to go Georgia! Thank goodness your legislature/governor recently made it much easier to obtain a gun. Now you can also take them anywhere, schools, dorms, church, courthouses, etc. Brilliant!

May 05, 2014 8:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
njglea wrote:
And the corporate catholic supreme court of the United States of America just gave the nra even more power. Guns in church, schools, parks, concerts and festivals, zoos are all okay. Just don’t bring them into the supreme court or Congress. Wake up people, and get guns out of our society before we sink further into anarchy.

May 06, 2014 9:17am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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