Early reports indicate two students were shot at a high school in Alabama on Wednesday afternoon in what police have said was possibly an accidental shooting.
AL.com reported that two students were critically injured in a shooting at Huffman High School in Birmingham, AL at around 3:15-3:30 p.m Wednesday afternoon. One of the students reportedly died on the way to the hospital, while the other is in critical, but stable, condition. Additionally, an injured employee at the school was treated and released at the scene.
Police said the victims — a male and a female — were both 17 years old, and that the female victim has died.
“Two students were involved in a shooting during dismissal today at Huffman High School,” the school district said in a statement. “The school was placed on a brief lockdown, and police were called to the scene. Students have been released and police are actively investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting.”
Based on photos sent to media, students took shelter under desks after the school was put on lockdown.
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Police said the gun used in the shooting has been recovered, though it is not clear if a suspect is in custody. Footage from cameras inside the schools will be used to investigate the incident further.
Birmingham Police Sgt. Bryan Shelton told local media the incident was an “accidental shooting,” though it wasn’t immediately clear what this meant.
The school, which has an enrollment of around 1,300 students, has had its share of gun scares in recent years. In 2016, a student was grazed by a bullet after a shooting at the high school that resulted in a teen being charged with attempted murder. A student at nearby Huffman Middle School was also found with a gun in February.