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Albany High School shooting victim identified

Albany High shooting suspect still at large

Officers of the Dougherty School Police and The Albany Police Department responded to a shooting a Albany High School Friday. (Staff Photo: Jim West)

Officers of the Dougherty School Police and The Albany Police Department responded to a shooting a Albany High School Friday. (Staff Photo: Jim West)

ALBANY — Dougherty County School Police have revealed that 16-year-old Brenton Helstock is the student who was shot during an altercation near Albany High School Friday afternoon.

Helstock and a friend, Qars Griffin, 18, were walking in the Hugh Mills Stadium area around 4:30 p.m. Friday when the pair encountered two unidentified young males, said Troy Conley, chief of the Dougherty County School Police. “Words were exchanged,” Conley said, and then one of the males pulled a small caliber revolver and fired at least two shots at Helstock and Griffin, striking Helstock once in his left forearm.

Officials say that that Helstock and Griffin then ran to the school bus depot, where school police officer Larry Jones notified Conley and the Albany Police Department. Conley said that the incident took place within 1,000 feet of the school, so the case will be investigated by the Dougherty School Police.

“We’ve been working around the clock to establish the identity of the shooter,” Conley said. “We have some leads and we’re still talking to witnesses, but so far, we don’t know who he is.”

Conley said the shooter, who is believed to be in his teens or early 20s, is not a student at Albany High, and may even be from out of town. Police are analyzing school surveillance videos, hoping they will help establish an identity for the suspects,” Conley said.

Helstock was transported to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Conley said, where he was treated and released on Friday.