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Student charged with shooting on Jackson high school campus

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(WMC-TV) - Jackson, Tenn. police charged a 16-year-old student Friday in connection with the shooting on Liberty Technology Magnet High School campus.

The student is charged with aggravated assault for shooting another student, carrying a weapon on school property, altering the serial numbers on the handgun, and tampering with evidence.

The charge comes after a detention hearing in Madison County Juvenile Court Friday morning.

The teen was released from the Madison County Jail in lieu of a $20,000 bond around 2 p.m. The teen must reside with his mother, who lives in Middle Tennessee with exceptions for appointments with an attorney.

On Thursday, Jackson police received a call of a shooting at the high school. A 17-year-old student was transported by ambulance to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital with a single gunshot wound to the thigh.

Police learned that victim was shot outside in front of the school as school was being dismissed. 

Approximately 30 minutes after the shooting, officers took the shooter into custody at his grandmother's home in the 600 block of Cotton Grove Road in Madison County.

Officers continued to search the area for the gun. Around 5 p.m., a Jackson police dog found the gun about 25 yards behind a house on the 800 block of Cotton Grove Road.

The gun's serial numbers were altered.

Investigators learned that the 16-year-old suspect and 17-year-old shooting victim had been in a previous disagreement about a girl at the high school. 

When school was dismissed, the 17-year-old approached the 16-year-old and there was altercation followed by a shooting.

The shooter then flagged down an unsuspecting parent of another student. This parent was unaware of the shooter's involvement and gave him a ride to Cotton Grove Road.

The shooting victim remains in the hospital in stable condition.

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