Albemarle school shooting victim, suspect identified, Montgomery Schools issues statement

One student remains hospitalized and another is in custody following a shooting this morning at Albemarle High School on Park Ridge Road.

Albemarle (N.C.) High School (image © Google Maps)

Albemarle (N.C.) High School (image © Google Maps)

In a press conference this morning, Albemarle Police Chief William Halliburton said the call came in around 7:40 a.m. Preliminary information says the shooting happened outside the main entrance of the school.

Chief Halliburton identified the alleged shooter as Jalen Russell, who was taken into custody after he was subdued by the School Resource Officer and surrendered a handgun. The victim is Bernard Miller. Both are students at Albemarle.

Halliburton said the shooting occurred after an argument between the two male students.

Bernard Miller was transported to Stanly Regional Medical Center with injuries to his lower body. Early this afternoon, Miller was is stable condition and was being transported to Charlotte for additional treatment.

A staging area was set up at nearby North Albemarle Baptist Church to facilitate the dismissal of students to their parents. First Presbyterian Church organized a late afternoon prayer vigil to be held at the school.

It is reported that the alleged shooter in this incident was previously a student in Montgomery County Schools. While that has not been confirmed by officials in Stanly County, Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Dale Ellis issued the following official statement:

“Montgomery County Schools has been made aware of the reports alleging that a former student was involved in a shooting incident at Albemarle High School. Due to Federal privacy laws, there is very little that the school system can say regarding current or formerstudents. We can confirm that the young man mentioned in news reports was a student at Montgomery Learning Academy and is no longer a student at Montgomery County Schools.We will work with authorities as they continue to investigate this matter. Our thoughts and prayers go to the families, students, faculty, and staff at Albemarle High School.”

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