Cops: South Cobb High School student shot, killed by 15-year-old

Police are looking for a 15-year-old teenager accused of shooting and killing a South Cobb High School student Saturday afternoon in Austell.

Cobb police were dispatched around 12:47 p.m. to a call of a person shot at an apartment complex at 2105 Mesa Valley Way. Those officers arrived to find a 16-year-old victim with two gunshot wounds.

That teen was transported to WellStar Cobb Hospital where he died from his injuries, Cobb police said. The younger teen came to the location to engage in “a physical altercation,” pulled out a firearm and shot the older boy, Cobb police said. 

Cobb police spokesperson Neil Penirelli said he does not know how the victim and alleged shooter knew each other and their identities have not been released at this time. No further information has been made available by Cobb County police.  

In a letter sent home Monday, South Cobb High School Principal Clint Terza informed parents that one of their children’s classmates was killed in a “senseless shooting.” While the events aren’t related to the school, Terza added the South Cobb community feels the impact of the loss. 

“Our thoughts and support are with the student's loved ones and our school family as we struggle to make sense of what’s happened,” he said in his letter. “Your child will hurt for the loss of their friend and may have questions for you, questions that they’ve never considered before. You may not feel like you have all the answers, but what you have will be enough if it is partnered with loving reassurance and support.”

Terza said South Cobb High School also has resources and trained professionals who are ready and willing to provide the support so students can get through this difficult time.  

“No one is alone in this, we all feel the weight of this loss, but together we can and will continue to offer the best education to our children as one community,” Terza said. 

The Cobb County School District added it’s also “doing everything we can to support the students, teachers, and families of South Cobb High School during this difficult time.”

The 15-year-old has not been taken into custody at this time. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Cobb County Police Department Crimes Against Persons Unit at 770-499-3945.

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