DALTON, GA — A teacher was taken into custody Wednesday after police say he opened fire inside a north Georgia school.
Dalton, Georgia police said a teacher, identified as Randal Davidson, was arrested without incident after initially barricading himself inside a classroom at Dalton High School, a public school located about 90 miles northwest of Atlanta.
Police were called to the school after a witness said Davidson fired at least one shot then locked himself inside the classroom.
According to a report published by local affiliate WSB-TV (https://tinyurl.com/yba4eq3j), the school was immediately placed on lockdown.
One student was injured while attempting to flee the school, the Dalton Police Department tweeted, but no other students or faculty members were reported injured in the incident.
No one knows what triggered Wednesday’s incident, but witnesses say they are shocked by the events.
“I don’t know what happened. He just snapped, that’s all I can think,” said one woman who did not want her name revealed. “It’s so scary. You just never think something like this could happen here.”
Parents were instructed to pick up their children at the nearby Northwest Georgia Trade Center.
Police have identified the weapon used in the incident as a handgun.
The shooting follows an incident on February 14 in Parkland, Florida where 17 students were killed in a mass shooting. The alleged shooter in that incident was also taken into custody.
The Parkland school shooting triggered a raging debate between gun rights proponents and gun control advocates over the need for stricter gun laws.