A 17-year old high school senior is dead following what appears to be an accidental shooting in Birmingham, Alabama.
According to AL.com, authorities have not confirmed the identity of the deceased student, though multiple social media accounts have identified Courtlin Arrington as the victim of the shooting at Huffman High School on Wednesday afternoon. Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin also appeared to confirm her death in statement.
“We’re not just talking about some person, we’re talking about losing a part of our future,” Woodfin reportedly said. “Our hearts are heavy.”
Arrington was set to graduate in May and had already been accepted to college, according to AL.com. She aspired to be a nurse.
Authorities are continuing to investigate the fatal shooting, which appears to have been accidental. Few details about the incident have been confirmed by authorities. Initial calls to police appear to have indicated that there was an active shooter at the school, but an officer corrected the reports on police radio.
“Listen. We’ve had an accidental shooting, not an active shooter,” the office said. “We have the gun, we have the one who had the gun. We just need two paramedic vehicles to get these two kids out.”
The student who had the gun was also injured in the shooting, but the injuries were not life-threatening. According to the AL. report, he suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the leg, and has since been released into police custody. The shooter has not been identified.
Sources told Al.com that a male student was showing off a gun to female classmates when it accidentally discharged.
This is a developing story and will be updated when more information is available.
[Feature image: Courtlin Arrington/Facebook]