Alabama police: 1 dead, 1 hurt in 'accidental' school shooting


Birmingham mayor Randall Woodfin is now on the way to Huffman High.

Bryan Shelton told reporters on Wednesday that the shooting appeared to have been accidental. The other is reported in "critical, but stable" condition, local media reported.

A shooting at dismissal time Wednesday afternoon at a high school in Alabama's largest city has left two students critically injured and prompted a brief lockdown, authorities said. An ongoing Washington Post analysis has found that more than 150,000 students attending at least 170 primary or secondary schools have experienced a shooting on campus since the Columbine High School massacre in 1999.

Students were released and police are investigating the circumstances of the shooting, the statement said.

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"We lost a person, not just a person, a student".

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin said the girl who was killed was a graduating senior who had been accepted into college.

Officials said the school will be opened Thursday with crisis teams on the scene to help students cope with the loss of one of their classmates.