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Authorities Investigate If Birmingham School Shooting That Killed Aspiring Nurse Was An Accident
A senior with dreams to become a nurse died in the shooting. Another student may have been "showing off" a gun at school.
Police are investigating a deadly school shooting on Wednesday that is believed to have been an accident. One student was killed and another was injured Wednesday in what was called an accidental shooting at Huffman High School in Birmingham, Alabama, according to NBC News.
Courtlin Arrington, a 17-year-old senior with dreams of becoming a nurse was killed, AL.com reported. A boy, a 17-year-old junior and football player was injured.
“At this particular time, we are considering this accidental," Birmingham Interim Police Chief Orlando Wilson said at a press conference hours after the shooting, "Right now we have a lot of unanswered questions."
Police determined that the shooting happened from within.
"It's not where someone from outside came into the school,'' Wilson said. He did not say who fired the weapon, what kind of weapon it was or how it was accidentally discharged. At least two shots were fired, according to AL.com. No arrests have been made at this time. Sources told AL.com that the shooting happened while a male was “showing off” a gun to other students.
Huffman High has metal detectors installed, according to The Associated Press.
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin spoke at the news conference about how the deceased student would have turned 18 in less than a month.
"We are not just talking about some person, (we're) talking about losing a part of our future. Our hearts are heavy," Woodfin said.