The condition of one of the victims in the Tuesday afternoon shooting near an Atlanta area high school has been upgraded to critical.
According to a spokesperson from Grady Memorial Hospital, only three patients remain hospitalized as a result of the shooting that injured five people, four of which were students at Therrell High.
Atlanta Police charged Marcellus Brooks, 17, early Wednesday morning in connection the shooting. Brooks was charged with five counts of aggravated assault. He was denied bond and is currently incarcerated at the Fulton County Jail.
Around 4 p.m. Tuesday, Atlanta Police officers responded to the area regarding a person shot call. Witnesses told FOX 5 a group of 30 to 35 were arguing when someone pulled a gun and started shooting.
Parents rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital Tuesday to get news on how the children were doing. Grady Media Relations Manager Denise Simpson said Tuesday night three patients were admitted.
Shavien Dennis’ daughter who is one of the victims told FOX 5’s George Franco Tuesday night that her 17-year-old daughter was shot in the leg and needed to spend the night at Grady.
Therrell parent Glenda Williams happened to be in the area and helped apply pressure to one of the victim who was shot in the chest.
The news release from Atlanta Police states investigators are following up on information to determine a motive.
Brooks was booked into the Fulton County Jail Wednesday morning, and is expected to make his first court appearance late Wednesday morning.
Atlanta Public Schools spokesperson Kimberly Willis Green said in a statement that APS counselors will be on campus at Therrell Wednesday to support students, faculty and staff members.
Green’s statement added APS and Atlanta Police will provide extra campus security, and Therrell students will not be permitted to carry book bags or backpacks for the remainder of the school year.
The Chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners called the shootings “particularly upsetting and distressing.”
In a statement, Chairman John Eaves said, “When our young people are victimized by the crime of our city streets, it serves as a sad reminder of the challenges we as leaders confront in trying to make our streets safer for Fulton County families.”Mobile users: Click here for a photo gallery.