Shooting at school leaves one dead in Tennessee, United States

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

On Thursday, 15-year-old student, Ryan McDonald, was shot and killed. The shooting occurred at just after 8:00am (UTC-5), at Central High School, in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Map of Tennessee, showing where Knoxville is.

According to Deputy Chief of Police of the Knoxville police department, William C. Roehl stated that the shooting was not "random" and that "they had contact with one another". The shooting which occurred 8:11am (UTC-5), followed a confrontation in the cafeteria. Police arrived on the scene at 8:13am, and the suspect was taken into custody at 8:17am. McDonald was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he died at 8:57am, according to the police.

Police have arrested Jamar B. Siler, also 15, and charged him with first-degree murder. Judge Tim Irwin set September 17, 2008 as the trial date. Siler is being held at a juvenile detention center.

Kevin Perry, a pastor at Word of Life Ministries, said he had spoken to a student who witnessed the shooting.

"He saw them when they were arguing and pushing and shoving," Perry said, recounting what the student had told him. "He didn't see the guy shoot him. What he did see was the guy fall."

Another high school student, Chad Griffin, was ten feet away from where the confrontation occurred and said that "he [McDonald] got shot and started walking and he was holding his chest. There was blood everywhere. And then he fell and his arm hit me."

The school was preparing to release students, and bring them to a local church were they could be picked up by their guardians. Central High School has around 1,400 students.


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