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Humboldt officials provide additional info on Tuesday shooting

HUMBOLDT, Tenn. Humboldt officials provided an update on Tuesday night’s fatal high school shooting.

Humboldt Police Lt. Tony Williams says the shooting has nothing to do with Humboldt Schools.

He says he was between suspect Jadon Hardman and victim Justin Kevon Banke, who was shot dead at the scene.

They say the other two victims who were shot were not involved.

We don’t think they were targeted. We don’t think they were even part of the accident. “We think they were in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Williams said.

Humboldt School Principal Dr. Janis Eperson says Banki was a former student at Humboldt.

Epperson says they had two security personnel in the game, but they will work to increase security in the future.

The district also talked about selling tickets digitally only for future events.

“It also gives us a list of all the people in the building and in the game. We are also in the process of increasing security. Because we know we have to have some way of detecting if the weapons are coming in,” Epperson said.

On Wednesday, Epperson says they have set up QR codes on every school website for students to contact if they need to talk.

After welcoming students and staff back on Thursday, school advisors were able to address their concerns.

Enter any question he might have been dealing with, or concerns he might have. The advisors were able to get that if there is anything before the students return today,” Epperson said.

Authorities say Hardemann turned himself in Wednesday night to Humboldt police.

He is currently being held at the Gibson County Correctional Facility with a $1.5 million bond.

The attorney general, Frederick Agee, says they will prosecute Hardman to the fullest extent permitted by law.

“Our intention, and my job as a DA, will be to make sure Jadon Hardiman never walks like a free man again,” Agee said.

Hardman is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree murder with grievous bodily injury, attempted first-degree murder, three counts of armed and serious crimes, tampering with evidence, and carrying a weapon on school property.

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