Posted Feb. 11, 2008 – A weekend dispute between two Memphis high school students turned into a near-death experience when one of the teens whipped out a handgun and blasted his classmate three or four times, according to students who witnessed the incident.
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Witnesses say a 19-year-old senior and a 17-year-old sophomore, whose names have not yet been released, got into a heated argument in Mitchell High School's cafeteria when the 17-year-old whipped out a gun and fired at his classmate three or four times.
One student, who told WPTY in Memphis that students bolted out of the cafeteria in fear for their own lives, said the 19-year-old tried to get away but couldn't and started begging people for help.
The 17-year-old student reportedly made no attempts to flee, but instead said, "It's over now," then walked over to one of the school's coaches and handed him his weapon. The alleged shooter is in custody, and the 19-year-old is in critical condition.
This is the second shooting at a Memphis high school in the past week.
Last week, a 16-year-old Hamilton High School student was shot. He was taken to a local hospital and later released.