Person of interest in custody in Alabama HS shooting that killed 1 student, another injured

Posted at 12:00 AM, Mar 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-08 05:16:38-05

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Police confirm that a person of interest is in custody after a Huffman High School student was killed during a shooting at the school.

"Detectives of the Birmingham Police Department have been working through the night reviewing evidence, video and statements on the tragic incident that took place at Huffman High School yesterday," Lt. Peter Williston said in a statement. "Due to their diligent work a person of interest has been taken into custody."

Birmingham Police Chief Orlando Wilson confirmed that  17-year-old senior Courtlin Arrington was killed. Another  17-year-old  was shot. Both were sent to UAB Hospital, where Arrington was pronounced dead. 

The male was treated and released.

Huffman High School is closed as officers review the school's security strategy. 

Birmingham police are calling the incident a death investigation.

"We are not saying he shot her or did not shoot her. We are saying shots were fired," Wilson said during a press conference.

Wilson said the firearm used is in police possession. The Chief said it is unknown what caused the alleged shooting.

Huffman High School, Wilson said, has cameras inside the school.

Students interviewed by WBRC said the bell rang at 3:40 p.m. and the gunshots occurred around 3:45 p.m. The school was placed on lockdown.

A third person, who is not a student, was injured, but it is unknown to what extent.

Huffman High School is closed Thursday.

Birmingham City Schools released the following statement:

Two students were involved in a shooting during dismissal today at Huffman High School. The school was placed on a brief lockdown, and police were called to the scene. Students have been released and police are actively investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Governor Kay Ivey released the following statement:

I am saddened to learn about the death of the Huffman High School student. I am praying for the family of this young lady who has tragically lost her life way too early. Every life is precious and, even though this was an accident, it reaffirms that there is no place for students to have firearms or other weapons on campus.

Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell, D-AL, released the following statement.

My heart is breaking for those hurt and killed in the shooting at Huffman High School.” said Rep. Terri Sewell. “I cannot imagine the grief of the parents who lost their little girl today to gun violence. She was a part of our community’s future. Tonight, my prayers are with her, the other victim, and their families. We have a responsibility to protect our schools from gun violence, accidental or otherwise. Every year more students and teachers, sons and daughters, and brothers and sisters are killed in school shootings – we need to do everything in our power to make this incident the last. We cannot settle for symbolic gestures in Congress when our children’s lives are at stake.

This is the second shooting at Huffman High School in the last two years.

Please check back for updates as we gather additional information.

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