Police are searching for the 15-year-old accused of a shooting in south Cobb that left a 16-year-old dead on Saturday.

The incident took place in Austell just before 1 p.m., according to a press release from Officer Neil Penirelli, a spokesman for Cobb police.

Two Cobb police officers were dispatched to an address on Mesa Valley Way, off the East-West connector, where they found the 16-year-old victim with two gunshot wounds, Penirelli said. The teen was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, Penirelli said.

Police say witnesses reported seeing a “physical altercation” between the 15-year-old suspect and the so far unidentified 16-year-old victim before the shooting. An arrest warrant has been issued for the suspect, Penirelli said.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Cobb Police Department at 770-499-3945.

In an incident that appears to be related, Pebblebrook High School is on high alert after a South Cobb High School student was shot over the weekend by a former Pebblebrook student, according to a letter to staff from the school’s principal.

It is not yet clear whether this incident is the same as reported by Cobb police.

The former student was expelled from Pebblebrook High School this year and assigned to the Ombudsman alternative school in Cobb County, according to Pebblebrook Principal Travis Joshua’s emailed letter obtained by the MDJ.

The letter states that the former student is accused of shooting and killing a South Cobb High School student and has not yet been apprehended.

“There is concern about retaliation and as such there will be a greater Cobb Police presence in the area and on campus today. Please keep all students in class today and only write a pass in the event of an emergency,” Joshua wrote. “In the past, (the former student) has been seen on campus even though he has been expelled. If you happen to see (him), please immediately notify the main office so that they can alert our police officers.”

Nan Kiel, a spokeswoman for the Cobb County School District, said the district is aware of “the tragedy that occurred over the weekend,” but did not provide specific details about the incident.

“We are doing everything we can to support the students, teachers and families of South Cobb High School during this difficult time. All questions on the investigation should be directed to the Cobb County Police Department,” Kiel said.

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