Courtlin Lashawn Arrington, a 17-year-old student in at Huffman High School in Alabama, was shot and killed by an unidentified female student on Wednesday, March 7. The person of interest is currently in custody. The Birmingham City School District said the shooting happened during dismissal and prompted a brief lockdown.
On Wednesday, Arrington, 17, was killed and another male student, a junior on the football team, was injured in a shooting at Huffman High School. Arrington, a senior, was set to graduate in May and intended on becoming a nurse.
Arrington was given CPR at the scene and en route to the hospital but was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
At this time, Acting Birmingham Police Chief Orlando Wilson said they believe that the shooting may have been accidental.
Also wounded in the shooting was a 17-year-old boy, a junior and member of the football team. Both were rushed to UAB Hospital in separate Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service trucks.
The boy was initially said to be critically injured, but hospital officials by 7:30 p.m. said he was seen in the emergency department and was no longer at the hospital. He was shot in the leg, and was later questioned at police headquarters. About an hour earlier, a woman at the police station who said she was the boy’s mother, said she had not been told his condition, but she did not believe he had a gun.
As a result of the tragic shooting, the school was closed on Thursday, March 8.
The shooting comes at a tumultuous time in our nation following the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead.