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MPD, MCS meet after deadly shooting

Memphis police and Memphis City Schools officials teamed up to talk security Tuesday. Both groups are making sure they're doing everything possible to keep students safe after a 17-year-old was shot and killed after a basketball game at school. Memphis police and Memphis City Schools officials teamed up to talk security Tuesday. Both groups are making sure they're doing everything possible to keep students safe after a 17-year-old was shot and killed after a basketball game at school.

(WMC-TV) – Memphis police and Memphis City Schools officials teamed up to talk security Tuesday. Both groups are making sure they're doing everything possible to keep students safe after a 17-year-old was shot and killed after a basketball game at school.

MPD and MCS officials met Tuesday morning and by the afternoon had publicly acknowledged that they botched the release of information following the murder of a teenager after a Central High School basketball game this weekend.

As for the shooting, they said it's an isolated incident they couldn't have stopped.

"I am confident that MCS has procedures in place that, in conjunction with the efforts of the Memphis Police Department, is solid as it relates to the safety and security of our youth," said Toney Armstrong, Memphis police director.

Booker T Washington High School student Terrance Wilkins died this weekend. He was shot in the head at Bellevue and Linden shortly after leaving a basketball game at Central High.

"Both sides agreed that there was sufficient security at the game and this appears to be an isolated incident," said Gerald Darling, Memphis City Schools security chief. "It should be noted that there were no reported incidents during the game or on school property."

Darling said seven officers were on duty inside and outside the gym and they followed protocol every step of the way.

Armstrong said Wilkins was shot following an argument between two groups of teens, some of whom knew each other. However, he declined to elaborate on what the argument was about.

He said investigators are close to closing the case.

"We have received information about the person responsible," said Armstrong. "However, he is not in custody at this time. We are asking anyone who has information about his whereabouts to please contact Crime Stoppers."

Police declined to release the alleged shooters' identity and described him only as an African American male between 17 and 19-years-old.

"Guns plus kids is a recipe for disaster," said Armstrong. "There's nothing good that comes from a kid that has possession of a gun."

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