A teacher in the Sumter County School District was shot on the premises of Livingston High School. The shooting took place at roughly 3 p.m. She later died at Hill Hospital.
She was identified as Starrick Morgan Gray of Fosters, Ala. The suspect, Telvin Labenji Gray, was apprehended after a traffic wreck Wednesday in Marengo County. He has been charged with murder. His bond was set at $75,000.
Fred Primm, superintendent of Sumter County Schools, said this was a tragic incident but the staff at Livingston High School made sure the students' safety was the top priority.
"It's tragic and it's unexpected, but we try to make sure that we always keep safety involved and because the principal did an outstanding job, the teachers did an outstanding job of lock down to ensure the safety of the students and that's what I was most proud of in this tragic incident," said Primm.
Livingston Police Chief Ashley Welborn, said the shooting was a result of a domestic dispute.
"It turned out to be a domestic situation between her and her husband who were going through some problems. He later was apprehended in Demopolis where he had an accident with his vehicle,"said Welborn.
Primm says the tragedy did create an unexpected challenge for the school. He says parents should know the school system faced the challenge in a proper and efficient manner.
"I just want to let the parents know that, that we were on it; their children were secure and it's unfortunate, but we're always about the safety of our students and we're going to do that regardless of what happens. This system, we've been through a lot this year, but we're going to continue through prayer and continue with the things we're supposed to do," Primm said. "And we're going to get through this one also."
Livingston High School will be closed Thursday and Friday to allow for clean up and to give students time to recover.