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Police Say Gun Used in Grady High Shooting was Stolen

Morgan Tukes, 17, could face more charges related to possession of the pink-colored .380-caliber handgun.


Atlanta Police investigators say that the gun a 17-year-old student had in her possession when she shot herself in the leg outside Grady High School was stolen, several news outlets are reporting.

Morgan Tukes is already charged with felony possession of a pistol by a minor, carrying a weapon within a school safety zone, reckless conduct, disruption of a public school in the Feb. 27 incident. Her arrest in the accidental shooting also led to her being charged in a previously unsolved hit and run accident from October.

WSB and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution report that she may face more charges due to the status of the gun.

According to WSB:

"Investigators now believe the gun found at Grady had been stolen. They said the serial numbers on the weapon were filed down." 

WSB said Atlanta Police detectives are also looking into whether a shooting on Boulevard a few days before the Grady incident was related to Tukes taking the gun to school.

According to these reports there is the possibility of gang activity being at the root of the accidental shooting, and police are investigating that theory. 

See Also:

Grady HS Shooting: Many Questions Remain Unanswered

Student Involved in Grady High Shooting Now Charged in a Hit and Run

Student Accidentally Shoots Herself at Grady High

William McArthur March 07, 2013 at 12:16 AM
Just another punk trying to play big shot
Greengirl March 07, 2013 at 12:33 AM
"So the gun was NOT bought at a gun show with no background check? Of course not, no crims get guns that way" Tell that to the victims of Harris, Klebold, Holmes and Cho.....for starters.
Greengirl March 07, 2013 at 12:38 AM
So sad that she has ruined her life at such a young age. She will likely be a drain on the system from here on out, moving from one jail to the next. Such a waste. Thank goodness she didn't hurt anyone else.
momofboys March 07, 2013 at 08:43 PM
This news, along with reports of others bringing guns in that day, should be a very clear message to the APS. This is not about race or economics!! We're SO lucky Tukes only hurt herself. I shudder to think how close we came to being the next school with a shooting spree. It's sad that we have come to needing metal detectors in schools & kids growing up so fast, they become criminals before their brains are fully developed. I mourn our reality. But it's time to look toward to the good of the whole student population & set limits on those who can't or won't behave... my child has some special needs, but he is expected to do his best... and he does! It's time to ask all of our children, parents, & communities to rise to the highest level of expectation. If we don't expect excellence it simply won't happen. I've lived through bussing, grew up in a socioeconomically and racially diverse town, I went into debt to become a social worker & help at-risk adults, & am pretty much a bleeding heart liberal. But I don't think it's OK to expect less of anyone based on their town, race, gender, orientation, wealth, pedigree, etc. APS... empower yourselves, your principals, your teachers, & your parent community & students to do better. We can be loving, supportive, & helpful while being tough. Kids have to leave school and go into the real world, so lets prepare them to succeed!! Telling kids they can't do it, either implicitly or explicitly isn't helping them.
Eileeen Vajilik March 08, 2013 at 08:07 PM
the poor girl is so fat, give her a break and perpetuate the racial entitlement

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