1 Teen Dead, Another Injured After Birmingham, Alabama, High School Shooting; at Least 27 Killed & 46 Injured at Schools in 2018
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One student was killed and another injured after a school shooting in Birmingham, Alabama, on Wednesday.
The police have taken a “person of interest” into custody and are still investigating the possibility that the shooting was accidental, according to CNN. Charges are pending, and the identity of the shooter has not been named.
The shooting took place at Huffman High School as students were being dismissed for the day, resulting in a brief lockdown at the school.
The student who died was 17 years old, had just been admitted to college, and was planning on becoming a nurse.
In 2018, at least 27 people have been killed and 46 injured from shootings on school property. Learn more about each incident with our interactive map:
This map includes school shootings that took place on campus where a person was injured or killed. Incidents resulting in injury are labeled blue, while incidents resulting in death are labeled red. The most recent incident is indicated with a larger icon. Click on the icons to see details about each incident.
Behind the numbers:
Throughout 2018, The 74 is tracking in real time — or close to it — shootings at American schools. Our analysis will focus on incidents that occur on school grounds and result in injury or death. That includes suicides, which account for nearly two-thirds of all firearm deaths in the U.S., according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.
Nationally, nearly 1,300 children (17 years old and younger) die from gunshot wounds each year and 5,790 are treated for injuries, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. While unintentional firearm deaths and homicides of children have decreased in recent years, suicides have spiked.
Among child gun deaths between 2012 and 2014, 53 percent were homicides, 38 percent were suicides, and 6 percent were unintentional.
Less than 3 percent of youth homicides and less than 1 percent of youth suicides occur at school, according to a recent report by the National Center for Education Statistics.
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