A 12-year-old boy, who was skipping school with two others, was shot in a wooded area behind Montclair Elementary School earlier today, police said.
DeKalb County Police spokeswoman Pam Kunz said the shooting victim was with two other boys ages 16 and 17, in a heavily wooded area approximately 50 yards from the elementary school.
“The three juveniles decided to be truant today to commit burglaries,” Kunz said. “At one point one of the juveniles produced a handgun that was fired and struck the child in the buttocks.”
Kunz said the child has been transported to Scottish Rite Children's Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police said none of the children present during the shooting attended Montclair Elementary and investigators are still trying to determine who fired the shot that struck the child in the buttocks.