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A 17-year-old student at Liberty Technology Magnet High School in Jackson, Tenn., was shot Thursday, Jan. 9, 2013 / Megan Smith, The Jackson (Tenn.) Sun

JACKSON, Tenn. -- A 17-year-old student was wounded Thursday in a shooting at a Jackson high school, and another student was taken into custody, police said.

The 17-year-old was shot once in the left thigh outside of Liberty Technology Magnet High School and was taken by ambulance to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. School officials said his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Police took a 16-year-old Liberty student into custody at his grandmother's house in Madison County.

The names of the victim and the suspect have not been released, and

police said the motive for the shooting is under investigation. Investigators said the victim was targeted by the shooter.

The shooting occurred at the front of the school at 2:21 p.m., a few minutes after dismissal time. Officials said the suspect left campus in a car. He was taken into custody about 30 minutes after the shooting.

Police, Madison County sheriff's deputies and the Tennessee Highway Patrol responded.

School buses were detained briefly at the school while police searched for the suspect, but buses and students were allowed to leave after the suspect was arrested.

Officials said there will be an increased police presence on the Liberty campus Friday.

Some parents said they did not receive an automated message from the school system to notify them of the incident.

Miranda Rayner said her daughter Morgan, a sophomore at Liberty, texted her when the shooting happened.

"I'm glad she's safe," Rayner said Thursday after picking up her daughter.

Morgan said her teacher told her to get under her desk as a precaution.



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