Dec 11, 2009 3:36 PM by Associated Press

Girl wounded in shooting at Shreveport high school

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - An 18-year-old student at a northwestern Louisiana high school was shot several times on the school's grounds Friday morning but was expected to survive and was able to identify a suspect, police said.

Police arrested a 28-year-old man shortly after the shooting. Tony Holden of Shreveport was booked with attempted second-degree murder.

The shooting happened at 8:10 a.m. at Booker T. Washington High School in Shreveport. Police initially said the victim was 17 but later identified her as 18-year-old Tammie Spates. She was taken to LSU Health Sciences Center with several wounds to her upper torso. Although seriously injured, she was expected to survive, police Cpl. Bill Goodin said.

No other injuries were reported.

"Investigators believe that Spates and Holden have been romantically involved and that Spates was his intended victim and that the school had nothing to do with the shooting other than being the geographical location where she was shot," police said in a news release.

The school was placed on lockdown but classes resumed later in the morning. Parents were told they could check their children out early if they wished.

"At no time were Booker T. Washington students and staff in any immediate danger," Caddo Parish School System superintendent Gerald Dawkins said in a news release.

Police identified Holden as a suspect after talking to Spates and witnesses. They chased him down on foot and arrested him after spotting him near a car he was believed to have been driving, Goodin said.

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