BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Birmingham police have charged a suspect in the Huffman High School shooting.
19-year-old Quandarious Williams, has been charged with attempted murder.
“This suspect’s reckless actions endangered the lives of our students and staff,” Birmingham Police Chief AC Roper said. “But, thankfully due to the courage and quick response of our officers many lives were saved.”
Williams is being held n the Jefferson County Jail on $100,000 bond.
Birmingham City Schools posted the following statement to their Facebook page Wednesday morning:
We thank the Huffman High School administration, staff and school resource officer for acting quickly on March 15 in dealing with an incident at school. School will start at its normal time today.
Birmingham, Ala. – Huffman High School staff and a school resource officer acted quickly on Tuesday, March 15 upon learning that an active shooter was on campus.
The accused shooter, a 19-year-old non-student, drove to the school after learning that his brother had been involved in a fight at the school. The 19-year-old male pulled into the school parking lot, and later fired shots outside the school. A school resource officer was on the scene and returned fire.
The suspect was not hit and was later apprehended. He remains in police custody as police continue an investigation.
Huffman High officials implemented its safety plan. The building was placed on lockdown until the area was deemed safe. Once the lockdown was lifted, the campus was quickly cleared of students.
“It was unfortunate we had a few young people disrupt the educational process at Huffman High School,” said Principal John Lyons Jr. “Our security team responded appropriately. We have seasoned counselors on staff if students and staff need to talk to someone. School will proceed as normal on Wednesday, March 16.”
Superintendent Dr. Kelley Castlin-Gacutan praised the fast action of the staff and school resource officer. “I do think it’s important that we did follow protocol in this matter. We are thankful that our school resource officer was on the premises and that Huffman administration and staff responded appropriately.”
Dr. Gacutan said she is also very concerned about what happened on March 15. The district remains committed to providing a safe learning environment for students and staff.
“We will continue to work with the Birmingham Police Department and all others to fully investigate this matter,” she said.