A student is in custody and will likely be charged in a deadly Alabama high school shooting, police said Thursday.
Birmingham police didn’t identify the student in custody, but indicated detectives found evidence the shooting was intentional.
“Due to their diligent work a person of interest has been taken into custody,” the department said in a statement to local media. “Charges are pending a review of the case by the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.”
Authorities initially believed the shooting was an accident. Gunfire broke out at Huffman High School on Wednesday as classes were letting out.
Courtlin Arrington, 17, was shot and later died at a Birmingham hospital.
Investigators “have been working through the night reviewing evidence, video and statements on the tragic incident that took place at Huffman High School yesterday,” the department said.
Earlier reports indicated a student who was shot in the leg was questioned overnight at a Birmingham jail.
A woman who identified herself as the student’s mother told AL.com she didn’t think he had the firearm used. But friends told the publication they think he had it because he was robbed Tuesday on Huffman High School’s campus.
The school canceled classes Thursday as it grapples with Arrington’s death.
School Superintendent Lisa Herring said Wednesday night that officials would review security procedures at the school Thursday.
“The magnitude of this event causes us to pause,” she said. “However, we want to assure our parents, students, staff and community that safety and security are a top priority for Birmingham City Schools.”
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