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16-year-old charged as an adult after shots fired at Murphy High School

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A student fired a gun at Murphy High School on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. No one was injured. (Photo: Kendra Turley, FOX10 News) A student fired a gun at Murphy High School on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. No one was injured. (Photo: Kendra Turley, FOX10 News)
Some parents picked up students early at Murphy High School after shots were fired on the campus. (Photo: Kendra Turley, FOX10 News) Some parents picked up students early at Murphy High School after shots were fired on the campus. (Photo: Kendra Turley, FOX10 News)
MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

Investigators said what started out as just a disagreement between two teenagers escalated to shots fired at Murphy High School. 

Mobile Police identified the student as 16-year-old Jonah Neal. Neal has been booked into Mobile County Metro Jail.

Investigators said Neal fired multiple shots at the victim, another 16-year-old male student, following a verbal altercation. 

Neal is charged with menacing, reckless endangerment, possession of a weapon on school property, pistol-certain persons forbidden and receiving stolen property 4th degree. Officials say the weapon, which stolen from the Saraland area, has been recovered. 

After the shots were fired, one Murphy High School student said, "It was kind of expected but I didn't think it was going to be with a gun. I thought they were just going to fight it out or something like that."

Another student who witnessed the incident unfold said, "They were about to have an altercation in the cafeteria and then the administrator came and carried them outside. then next thing you know, the dude started running and he was about to shoot him."

According to Murphy Principal, Joe Toomey, an assistant principal spotted Neal with a gun and immediately tried to calm him down.

The student took off running and led a group of administrators on a chase around campus. 

When staff members finally confronted Neal, he fired the gun into the air four or five times. 

Luckily, no one was hurt and the student was taken into custody shortly afterward. 

Superintendent for Mobile County Public Schools, Martha Peek, said "We do random searches with K9s and also metal detectors. All of our students know that weapons are not allowed on campus and that we deal with it immediately."

Toomey notified parents of the scary situation through the school's messenger system. 

April McGe was one of the hundreds of parents who rushed to check their student out of school. 

"You can't send your school to get an education without a shooting. Your child is not safe going anywhere. So it's just ridiculous. It really is ridiculous. So I'm mad. I'm more pissed off than anything," McGe said. 

Mobile Police say the gun the student used was confirmed stolen out of Saraland. Police also say the 16-year-old could face a number of charges. 

According to the Mobile County School System code of conduct, whenever a student brings a gun to campus it's automatically a suspension with a recommendation for expulsion. 

Murphy High School administrators said classes went back to normal shortly after the incident. 

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