One person has been taken into custody after a shooting at an Alabama high school which lead to one student's death and another in critical condition. Police believe this was an accidental shooting during dismissal at Huffman High School in Birmingham, Alabama Wednesday.
Reports say that at least two gunshots were fired. A 17-year-old female student was killed and a 17-year-old male was injured.
The high school went into a brief lockdown, but the school has resumed their hours Thursday with additional counselors and police officers on campus.
“At this particular time, we are considering this accidental,” Birmingham Interim Police Chief Orlando Wilson said at a news conference. “Right now we have a lot of unanswered questions.”
During the investigation, authorities had determined that the person who shot the gun was not by "someone from the outside" entering the school. Wilson also declined to disclose who fired the gun or what firearm was used.
Huffman High School is one of the largest high schools in the city and does have functioning metal detectors.
“We are asking questions from the staff, the students, anyone who was in that area,” Wilson said. “This should not happen in schools.”
According to Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin, the female student, who was later identified as Courtlin Arrington, had been accepted to a college and aspired to become a nurse. She was about turn 18 years old.
“I am praying for the family of this young lady who has tragically lost her life way too early," Governor Kay Ivey said in a statement Wednesday evening.
This shooting took place just days after Gov. Ivey developed a school safety council. The council's plan would help ensure updated security response procedures, and it would also require school personnel and students to be trained on how to respond to an emergency situation.
Please keep the girl's family in your prayers. Also, please pray for a successful recovery for the boy who was injured.
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