Birmingham, Alabama, USA: Police in Birmingham say a 17-year-old female student, Courtlin Arrington, died from her wounds and two students and an adult were wounded in a shooting at Huffman High School Birmingham, Alabama today, Wednesday. The victims of the shooting were transported to UAB Hospital in Birmingham.
The school was also placed on lockdown. Police took a “person of interest” into custody and the Jefferson County district attorney’s office is reviewing the case for possible charges. The police department later identified the individual in custody as Michael Jerome Barber.
The Birmingham City School district 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.”
Police are referring to the incident as an ‘accidental 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.
Police are are also investigating after a student at Jackson State University , JSU, in Jackson, Mississippi, was shot on campus, today, Wednesday.
Jackson State University officials have confirmed that a male student was shot inside Dixon Hall at around 1 pm. He was taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.
Jackson State University released the following statement:
“A student involved shooting incident has taken place in Dixon Hall at Jackson State University. The student sustained a non-life-threatening injury and has been transported to the hospital. There is not an active threat on campus.The safety of our students, faculty, and staff are our top priority, and we have put measures in place to ensure their safety. The incident is currently under investigation. For further updates, continue to monitor the university’s social media.”
The school shootings in Alabama and Mississippi took place the same day Florida lawmakers passed a school security bill package. It includes raising the age to buy an assault weapon and arm teachers, also proposed in Alabama. Alabama lawmakers said they would review and consider Florida’s legislation.