Students return to class in Albemarle one day after school shooting
ALBEMARLE, N.C. — Students at Albemarle High School will return to class Wednesday morning, one day after police say a classmate opened fire and shot a fellow student twice.
The suspect in the shooting, Jaylen Russell, is in a juvenile detention center while the student he shot, Bernard Miller, is still reportedly recovering at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, according to WSOC.
A friend of the victim’s family told WSOC that Miller had emergency surgery Tuesday and is expected to be OK.
Police were called to the school around 7:40 a.m. Tuesday, after a report of shots being fired.
The victim was shot twice, once in the hip and once in the lower abdomen.
The suspect was in custody immediately.
School officials said they’re satisfied with how they responded to the shooting Tuesday, but lessons can always be learned, and that every step before and after the shooting will be reviewed.
Officials say a new panic button system that was just installed in all Stanly County schools this summer is credited as one of the reasons police were able to respond so quickly.