2 teens charged in shooting death of Birmingham high school student

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Birmingham police on Friday announced formal charges against Jhontaye Cobb and Aubrey King. They are charged in the

Two young men are charged with capital murder in this week's shooting death of a Birmingham high school student.

Birmingham police on Friday announced formal charges against Jhontaye Cobb, 17, and Aubrey King, 18. They are charged in the Wednesday killing of Terrius Hilliard, a 15-year-old Jackson-Olin High School student.

Both teens are being held in the Jefferson County Jail on $250,000 bond. Cobb, in an unrelated case, was shot in early August.

Police said Friday's shooting stemmed from a dispute earlier in the day Wednesday at school

Initially police arrested three teens, but one of them was released from custody on Thursday. A vigil for Terrius was set for Friday night in Ensley.

The shooting happened at 5:14 p.m. Authorities said Terrius and another young man were walking along Ensley Avenue toward the recreation center when a white Dodge Charger drove by them at the intersection of Ensley Avenue and 15th Street and someone opened fire. Lt. Sean Edwards said police found multiple shell casings in the street.

Terrius was shot in the chest. He tried to flee and collapsed in the 1800 block of Ensley Avenue. He was taken to UAB Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:44 p.m.

Police at the scene Wednesday said the initial evidence indicated Terrius was targeted, but did not elaborate. Several hours after the shooting - about 8 p.m. - three potential suspects were taken into custody. Police tried to stop a white Dodge Charger matching the suspect vehicle. The trio attempted to elude police, but officers flooded the area and tracking dogs helped hunt down the suspects.

Following the shooting, the high school was on lockdown as a precaution on Thursday. School officials issued this statement on Terrius' death: "Birmingham City Schools is mourning the loss of a young Jackson-Olin High School student. As a school family, tragedies like this affect us all. As our school community processes this loss, we will provide counseling and support to any student and staff in need. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family."

"This incident, like so many others, is senseless,'' Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper said Thursday. "This teenager lost his life and we're detaining three teenagers who were armed with guns and driving a stolen car.''

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