Police: Murphy Student Fires Shots on Campus

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Update Jan. 25th 5:00 p.m.

Mobile Police have released the following information after further investigation:

“Mobile, AL – The Mobile Police Department has arrested a Murphy High School student for shooting a gun on campus. The investigation revealed that Jonah Neal, 16, pointed the gun at school administrators and other students in the school before going outside and firing all the rounds in the air.

No one was injured. Neal will potentially face a number of charges. He will be charged as an adult.

16-year old Jonah Neal

The gun used by the student was confirmed stolen out of Saraland.

Murphy High School was on lock down for a few minutes during the apprehension of the suspect.”

Update Thursday 3:45 pm

During a press conference on Thursday, Mobile Police identified the Murphy High student who allegedly shot at another student as 16-year old Jonah Neal. Neal is currently in police custody. 

The following is a press release from the Mobile Police Department:

“Mobile, AL – The Mobile Police Department has arrested a Murphy High School student for shooting a gun on campus. The 16-year-old male student fired multiple shots at the victim, another 16-year-old male student, after a verbal altercation.
 
At 11:20 a.m., officers responded to the school for a report of a student with a gun. At 11:24 a.m., the student was in police custody. No one was injured. The student will potentially face a number of charges.
 
The gun used by the student was confirmed stolen out of Saraland.
 
Murphy High School was on lock down for a few minutes during the apprehension of the suspect.”
 

A News 5 viewer sent us this photo. She says her son took it at Murphy High School. They do not want to share their identities out of fear of retaliation from the school.  According to the student, the photo shows a student on the left pointing a gun at the student on the right. We have reached out to Mobile Police and the school district for a comment. 

The principal at Murphy High told News 5’s Hayley Minogue LIVE on News 5 at Noon that it was a student who fired the shots. The principal says he and 2 assistant principals were “chasing down” the student and he left campus, but came back. When they confronted the student he pulled the handgun and fired shots to scare the administrators away. “Everyone was save, everyone was secured, no one was in danger,” said Principal Joe Toomey. He says parents were alerted via Facebook and school messenger within 20 minutes. Some parents at the school were upset, claiming they hadn’t been notified. 

Mobile Police confirm that shots were fired at Murphy High School. No one was hurt. A juvenile is in custody. The school is still on lockdown. Stay with News 5 for the latest. 

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