17-year-old girl dead, boy injured in shooting at Birmingham high school
A 17-year-old female student died and a male student was injured in a shooting at a Birmingham-area high school just before 4 p.m. Wednesday, police confirm.
Sergeant Shelton of Birmingham Police says two Huffman High School students were involved in what police are calling an "accidental shooting."
In a press conference, officials said the deceased student was a senior who had plans to become a nurse. In a news conference, Superintendent Lisa Herring referred to both students as victims.
According to a Birmingham City Schools representative, the shooting happened during dismissal, which prompted a "brief lockdown" at the school.
Sgt. Shelton says both students were been transported to UAB Hospital.
The Jefferson County Coroner identified the student killed as 17-year-old Courtlin Lashawn Arrington.
The boy has since been released from the hospital, Birmingham Police say. He was taken in for questioning by Birmingham Police detectives, Lt. Peter Williston confirms.
Governor Kay Ivey responded to the shooting in a statement released around 6:45 p.m.:
I'm saddened to learn of the death of the Huffman student. I'm praying for the family of this young lady who tragically lost her life way too early. Every life is precious and even though this was an accident it reaffirms there's no place for students to have firearms on campus.
Parents were allowed to pick up their children from Huffman High School around 5 p.m. School will be closed Thursday, Superintendent Herring says.
While student resource officers were on site, the school's metal detectors were not utilized in this instance, officials said. The gun involved in the incident has been recovered as evidence, police say.
"We lost a person, not just a person, but a student...someone's daughter, someone's best friend...We need to wrap our arms around Huffman High School," said Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin at an afternoon news conference.
No arrests have been made.
Almost two years ago, a 19-year-old was charged with attemtped murder after firing a gun inside Huffman High School.