Authorities identified the person killed in Wednesday’s shooting at an Alabama high school as 17-year-old Courtlin Arrington. Arrington was a senior at Huffman High School, set to graduate in May, AL.com reported.
Arrington was reportedly given CPR at the scene but died on the way to a nearby hospital.
“We’re not just talking about some person, we’re talking about losing a part of our future,” said Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin, according to Time. “Our hearts are heavy.”
Also injured in the shooting was an unidentified 17-year-old male student.
The shooting occurred at around 3:30 p.m. local time, authorities said.
The school was placed on lockdown after the shooting and the gun was recovered from the scene. Authorities launched an investigation but had yet to release details. Birmingham police described the shooting as “accidental,” and said they would consider it as such until the investigation suggested otherwise.
“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,” a spokesperson for the Birmingham Police Department told Newsweek. “Due to their diligent work a person of interest has been taken into custody. Charges are pending a review of the case by the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. Because the charges are pending we will not be releasing any information on the individual in custody.”
It remained unclear who fired the gun or what type it was.
“We have a lot of unanswered questions,” said acting Birmingham Police Chief Orlando Wilson. “There are so many unknowns at this time.”
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