Prosecutor: Lee H.S. shooting suspect confessed, was targeting specific person
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Lee High School student and accused shooter Quinterrious Lavon Norman, 16, was the youngest person in Judge Troy Massey's Montgomery courtroom Friday, but his age didn't keep Massey from revoking bond, an action generally reserved for capital murder defendants.
Massey called Norman's alleged actions "extremely reckless" and ordered the boy detained until further notice.
The ruling came after a prosecutor from the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office fought to keep Norman's bond amount at $165,000. The prosecutor said Norman confessed to police that he left school early Thursday, went home to get a gun, then came back to campus to shoot a specific person. Instead of hitting his intended target, the bullet Norman allegedly fired struck a female student in the neck as she stood on school grounds.
Court documents indicate Norman fired a .40-caliber handgun numerous times in the direction of the school as students were being released for the day around 3 p.m. The shots were fired from off school property, according to police.
The intended target of the shooting got away, though the attorney didn't explain who that target was or the motive for the shooting, only that Norman confessed to stealing a gun Tuesday to carry out the act.
"Two families are devastated," Montgomery Public Safety Director Chris Murphy explained. "The family of this young girl and what they are dealing with and the family of this young man whose life is forever changed."
Murphy couldn't comment on the investigation but described the MPD burglary detail as critical in the arrest.
"Being able to secure that confession, that told us a little bit more about what went on and why it went on," Murphy said.
In addition to a bullet hitting the female student, another bullet struck the car of a mother waiting to pick up her child at school. That projectile went through the back window and exited out the front windshield. The driver was not injured.
Despite being just 16, Murphy says the severity of the crime gave officers the latitude to charge Norman as an adult. He's officially charged with first-degree assault, firing into an occupied vehicle, and certain persons forbidden to carry a pistol.
"We hope what the message is is that firearms are not the answer to everything," Murphy said. "Bad things happen. But we have gotten so comfortable with firearms resolving issues or trying to be used to resolved issues. It's always counterproductive."
Murphy lauded the prompt work of the school resource officers who immediately began working to secure the scene, putting officers steps ahead as they arrived on campus.
"They are going to know the students, going to know the teachers and environment there," Murphy explained. "They are beginning to isolate witnesses, and do the things you need to do at a crime scene to get good, pure evidence to get to the district attorney's office."
The victim, whose name has not been released, was first taken to Montgomery's Jackson Hospital and then transported to a Birmingham hospital. She was last listed in critical but stable condition.
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