Student showing off gun when Courtlin Arrington was shot at Alabama school
Courtlin Arrington was preparing to graduate in May and had dreams of becoming a nurse.
But the 17-year-old’s dreams were cut short when she was killed inside an Alabama high school on Wednesday.
Police now have a suspect in custody in the fatal shooting and issued a statement Thursday, according to Al.com.
“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. 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. Further information will be released as it becomes available.”
The deadly shooting happened inside of a classroom at dismissal time on Wednesday. Witnesses say the shooting of Courtlin Arrington was accidental, however it was captured on video and helped police to find the student responsible and press charges.
During a press conference, Birmingham Police Chief Orlando Wilson revealed that two teenagers were shot during dismissal time at the school.
Arrington was given CPR at the scene of the “accident” and on the way to the hospital but was never revived.
The other victim, a 17-year-old boy, is a junior at the school and a member of the football team. He was shot in the leg and was initially said to be in critical but stable condition.
A school employee was identified as the third victim, but only sustained minor injuries.
A community mourns
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey released a statement Wednesday evening about the student’s death.
“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.”
The incident has rocked the Alabama community.
“We’re not just talking about some person, we’re talking about losing a part of our future,” said Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin about Arrington’s death, “Our hearts are heavy.”
The Mayor asked that all city facilities fly flags at half-staff. “My thoughts and prayers remain with this young lady’s family, friends, Huffman family, and community,” he said via Twitter.
Metal detectors weren’t working
According to The Daily Mail, metal detectors at the high school were not in use the day Courtlin Arrington was killed, the district’s superintendent said Thursday.
Source say a 17-year-old boy was showing off his gun to classmates at Huffman High School in Birmingham before it ‘accidentally discharged’ and fatally struck Courtlin Arrington.
Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Lisa Herring said the school system is reviewing the security measures that were in place during the shooting.