Teacher’s assistant arrested in Georgia after school shootings
— A teacher’s assistant in Georgia has been arrested on suspicion of fatally shooting two students in an elementary school shooting.
According to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a shooting call at the home of the 43-year-old mother in the 8400 block of West Main Street at about 3:20 p.m. on Saturday.
Deputies found the mother, who was pronounced dead at the scene, with multiple gunshot wounds.
Her son, 18-year old Justin Smith, was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.
Investigators found that Justin Smith had been playing video games on the computer, and the home had been searched by deputies earlier.
Justin Smith’s family said that they had no idea his actions could lead to the shooting.
Justin Smith was an English teacher at the school.
A family member told Channel 2 Action News the shooter was his nephew, and he was the only child in the home.
Justin was killed in the shooting, and his parents, Mary and Steve Smith, said they didn’t know what prompted their son to take out his anger.
The parents said they were devastated to hear of the deaths of their son and two others.
They said they did not have any idea what led to the shootings, but they were saddened by the fact that Justin had to be rushed to the hospital.
They are thankful for the help that the family received and the law enforcement response.
Justin and his family said the shooter’s uncle was a good friend.
They said they have been talking to Justin’s uncle and his friends since the shooting but did not know what caused the shooting or the relationship between them.
Investigators said Justin’s nephew, who had not been identified, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
Justin’s parents said he was a very good friend and a good kid.
They described him as a hard worker who loved his job.
Justin died at a hospital after being transported to Grady Memorial Hospital.
He was a student at the University of Georgia.