Police zero in on person of interest after 17-year-old girl shot dead at Alabama high school

PHOTO: Huffman High School is seen behind Birmingham Police cars after at a shooting, March 7, 2018, in Birmingham, Ala. PlayBrynn Anderson/AP
WATCH 17-year-old student killed in shooting at Alabama high school: Police

A person of interest has been taken into custody after a 17-year-old girl was shot dead at an Alabama high school Wednesday, police said.

Charges are pending a review of the case by the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office, the Birmingham Police Department said today.

A 17-year-old boy was also shot and survived in the Wednesday afternoon incident during dismissal at Huffman High School in Birmingham, police said. He was taken to a hospital where he was treated and released, police said.

PHOTO: Authorities on the scene where a shooting occurred at Huffman High School, March 7, 2018, in Birmingham, Ala.Carol Robinson/AL.com via AP
Authorities on the scene where a shooting occurred at Huffman High School, March 7, 2018, in Birmingham, Ala.

PHOTO: Authorities investigate the scene where a shooting occurred at Huffman High School, March 7, 2018, in Birmingham, Ala.Carol Robinson/AL.com via AP
Authorities investigate the scene where a shooting occurred at Huffman High School, March 7, 2018, in Birmingham, Ala.

The cause of the shooting remains under investigation, Peter Williston of the Birmingham Police told ABC News today.

The gun involved was recovered, police said.

PHOTO: Authorities investigate the scene where a shooting occurred at Huffman High School, March 7, 2018, in Birmingham, Ala. Carol Robinson/AL.com via AP
Authorities investigate the scene where a shooting occurred at Huffman High School, March 7, 2018, in Birmingham, Ala.

PHOTO: Huffman High School is seen after a shooting, March 7, 2018, in Birmingham, Ala. Brynn Anderson/AP
Huffman High School is seen after a shooting, March 7, 2018, in Birmingham, Ala.

Police today did not release any information about the person in custody.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said on Twitter Wednesday, "I'm praying for the family of this young lady who tragically lost her life way too early."

ABC News' Rachel Katz and David Caplan contributed to this report.

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