Georgia high school parking lot shooting: Two shot during fight between two gangs while students were in classes

  • The shooting happened Thursday afternoon at McEachern High School, 22 miles northwest of Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Two people were shot and suffered non-life threatening injuries
  • The shooter and victims have not been identified as the investigation is still in its early stages

A shootout erupted in the parking lot of a Georgia high school during a clash between two gangs while students were in class Thursday.

Two people were shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries after the incident at McEachern High School, located 22 miles northwest of Atlanta, according to authorities.

Horrifying footage showed the moment of the shooting as people walked through a car park before gunfire erupted. One person pulled out a gun and returned fire while others ran.

The victims, who have not yet been identified, are not enrolled students at McEachern High School, a spokeswoman said.

“This afternoon, and only moments ago, we can confirm that two individuals who are not current McEachern students were shot in a parking lot on our campus,” a statement from the school said.

A shootout erupted in the parking lot of a Georgia high school during a clash between two gangs while students were in class Thursday

A shootout erupted in the parking lot of a Georgia high school during a clash between two gangs while students were in class Thursday

Two people were shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries after the incident at McEachern High School, located 22 miles northwest of Atlanta, according to authorities

Two people were shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries after the incident at McEachern High School, located 22 miles northwest of Atlanta, according to authorities

“This afternoon, and only moments ago, we can confirm that two individuals who are not current McEachern students were shot in a parking lot on our campus,” a statement from the school said.

“The campus is in code red, the police are on campus, and for the safety of both students and staff, parents will not be allowed on campus, and buses will not run until the code red is lifted,” the spokesperson added .

All students are safe and have been dismissed. Traffic around the area was reopened hours after the shooting.

‘We have a serious and tragic incident. The good news is that both victims are alive, and both appear to survive their injuries, Cobb County Police Chief Stuart Van Hooser said at a press conference Thursday.

Hooser declined to share descriptions of the suspects, stressing that the investigation is still in its early stages.

“We are currently still looking for suspects. We don’t know if we have multiple shooters. We only know that there were several people on the site when the shooting took place,’ he said.

“I have the utmost confidence that they will refine that vantage point and that they will help narrow down the list of suspects to something that is manageable so that we can make everyone safe and get these people into custody,” he added.