Another high school has been rocked by senseless violence. In this latest incident, a student brought a gun to school. Why, remains a mystery. At the end of the school day, he showed the gun to one of his classmates. As he was showing it off, he fired the gun. The shooting was reportedly an accident.
The incident happened at Huffman High School, in Birmingham, Alabama. The young woman killed was 17. The shooter is in critical condition. He shot himself as he was attempting to hide the gun in the waistband of his pants.
As of now, the authorities are treating this as an accident. “The 17-year-old girl, who friends have identified at Courtlin Arrington, died during transport to the hospital,” The Daily Mail reports.
The two who were shot may have been in a relationship. Early rumors suggest that the young man was a football player, and that Arrington was his girlfriend. It is believed that he was showing off, and had drawn the gun to show to a group of girls. In the process, he shot Arrington.
Hospital officials have corrected the record and say the young man shot himself in the leg. He was released from the hospital 7:30pm Wednesday night.
The police are currently sifting through video from the high school, hoping to find more information. Birmingham City Schools has confirmed that two students “were involved in a shooting during dismissal.”
“The school was placed on a brief lockdown, and police were called to the scene,” the statement read.
“Students have been released and police are actively investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting.”
Though the shooting is being treated as an accident, the shooter has been detained and is being questioned by police.
Birmingham Police Chief Orlando Wilson noted that this continues to be treated as an accident, and will be “until the investigation takes us elsewhere.”
“We are not saying he shot her or did not shoot her. We are saying shots were fired,” he said during a news conference.
Superintendent Lisa Herring, in a statement that confused reporters on the scene, said she considered both of the students to be victims.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, stating the obvious, said students should not be allowed to have guns at school.
“I’m saddened to learn of the death of the Huffman student,” she said in a statement.
“I’m praying for the family of this young lady who tragically lost her life way too early. Every life is precious and even though it was an accident it reaffirms there’s no place for students to have firearms on campus.”