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Knoxville School Shooting Leaves One Dead In Tennessee

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On Thursday, a as of now unidentified individual, shot at and killed 16 year old student, Ryan McDonald. The shooting occurred at just after 8:00am (UTC-5), at Central High School, in Knoxville, Tennessee.

According to Deputy Chief of Police of the Knoxville police department, William C. Roehl stated that the Knoxville school 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.

Kevin Perry, a pastor at pastor of Word of Life Ministries, and also a witness to the shooting said that "[He] saw them when they were arguing and pushing and shoving." [He] didn't see the guy shoot him. What [he] did see was the guy fall".

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

Sources
* Duncan Mansfield "Student dies in Tenn. school shooting". The Associated Press, August 21, 2008.
* Don Jacobs & Matt Lakin "Central shooting victim ID'd; police say shooting not random". Knoxnews.com, August 21, 2008.

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