Student shot during gym class at Memphis high school, had prior dispute with suspected shooter

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Associated Press Writer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A high school student shot another student during a physical education class on Monday, and the suspected shooter was in custody, police said.

The shooting stemmed from an argument the two students had "in the community" over the weekend, Mitchell High School Principal Daniel Ware said.

"He walked up to him, shot him, and made a statement to the coach that 'It's over now,"' Ware said. The student handed the gun to the coach and made no attempt to flee, he said.

The victim suffered at least two gunshot wounds and was taken to Regional Medical Center in critical condition, police spokeswoman Monique Martin said.

The school was placed on lockdown and parents of students were notified by the district's automated phone alert system, school district spokeswoman Rita Cooper said. Many parents showed up to pick up their children.

It is the second shooting in eight days reported in a Memphis high school. On Feb. 4, a 16-year-old student was shot in the leg in side a classroom during an argument with another student over music. The student suffered non-critical injuries and the suspected shooter was charged.