Atmore student charged with attempted murder after drive-by shooting
ATMORE, Ala. (WEAR) —
An Atmore student is in critical condition after a drive-by shooting in Atmore, Alabama Tuesday night. Authorities say the teen they believe is responsible faces an attempted murder charge. Investigators say it stemmed from an incident at school.
Authorities say 17-year-old D'Andre Mitchell, an Escambia County High School student who had been suspended from school for fighting, fired upon a group of classmates gathered on a porch. Police say it was in retaliation. One of the students, 17-year-old Trenton Atchison, was struck and airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital, where authorities say, he is in serious but stable condition. One of his relatives confirmed to Channel 3's Hannah Mackenzie that the shooting left him paralyzed.
The Atmore Police Department (APD) and Escambia County (Alabama) Sheriff's Office (ECSO) provided an extremely heavy police presence outside Escambia High and Escambia Middle Schools Wednesday morning due to that incident.
"The ECSO is in charge of the school resource division throughout all the schools in Escambia County, after the assistance that we gave Atmore Police Department on the shooting last night, we conferred with them, and also the Escambia County School Board. A decision was made based on some intel and information that all entities involved had received that there may be the possibly of some sort of retaliation. Wasn't very specific about it, whether it might be at school or off the school premises, but as a safety precaution and deterrent, we decided it would be best - and based on things going on across the united states right now - for us to be able to increase the law enforcement presence here at the Escambia County High school and the Escambia County Middle School," said ECSO Chief Deputy Mike Lambert.
School activities are continuing as normal, however, some parents have checked their students out.
"I feel like the students are safe. They're in a good environment here, the school board runs a great school and I think everything will be okay," Chief Deputy Lambert said.
Chief Deputy Lambert told Channel 3 News Mitchell is currently in the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton awaiting a bond setting that will take place Wednesday afternoon. Due to Alabama law and the nature of the crime, he will be prosecuted as an adult, according to Lambert.