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Student accused in accidental shooting, hit-and-run to be released from jail

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The Grady High School student who shot herself in the leg Wednesday on campus faced a judge on Friday in another case.

Authorities said Morgan Tukes, 17, had a pink .380-caliber handgun Wednesday in the courtyard outside the school building. They believe the gun accidentally discharged. The bullet struck Tukes in the leg.

After the gun went off in a courtyard outside the school building, paramedics rushed Tukes to Grady Memorial Hospital. She was later released and taken to the Fulton County Jail.

Tukes faced a judge Thursday on charges relating to the shooting.

She would have been released on a $41,000 signature bond into her parents' custody, but police named her a suspect in a hit-and-run accident on Ponce De Leon Avenue in October of 2012.

The person whose vehicle she hit complained of neck pain and, according to the police report, was taken to the hospital to be checked out after the accident.

On Friday, Tukes had a probable cause hearing.

The judge said Tukes may not have any weapons, she cannot return to Grady High School, cannot operate a vehicle and she will be under level 3 supervision by pretrial services, once a week.

An additional $43,000 signature bond was set for her to be released from jail.

The total signature bond required is $84,000 for both cases.

The judge said that if Tukes violates any of the restrictions, it could potentially affect both the hit-and-run case as well as the accidental shooting case.

Security was tight at Grady High School Thursday following the shooting.

School officials said two students let Tukes into the building through the gymnasium where there are no metal detectors.

Students said it look much longer than usual Thursday to go through the metal detectors at the school's entrance.

"I've never seen anything like this before," said student Cloney-Kay South.

"Security has never been this strong, never," said another student, Takia Rogers.

Students who know Tukes personally said they don't think she meant to bring the gun to school.

"It's crazy," said Kevin Thompson, a Grady High senior. "I never would've expected it from Morgan because she's such a wonderful person. She's very cool. She's known around the school. I've been here at Grady since ninth grade, and she was here since ninth grade."

Tukes is charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, obstruction, fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, and reckless driving in the hit-and-run case.

She was charged with a felony count of possession of a pistol by a minor, and three misdemeanors: carrying a weapon in school safety zone, reckless conduct and disrupting a public school for the shooting at the school.

As long as the District attorney doesn't push the case over to Fulton County Superior Court, Tukes will still have a March 14 court appearance for her shooting charges.

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