HARVEST, AL (WAFF) - One man has been arrested and placed on administrative leave from his teaching job after an early morning shooting on Thunderbird Drive in Harvest.
The Madison County Sheriff's Office and Huntsville police responded to the scene of a shooting in Harvest on Thunderbird Drive at around 3 a.m. Thursday morning.
Officials say they found an 18-year-old man shot in the chest at a home on the street. Investigators arrested Fitzgerald McQueen, 50, of Harvest, for first-degree assault in connection to the shooting.
The victim was taken to Huntsville Hospital for his injuries. According to the victim's mother, Jaizon Edwards is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery. She also said he has the support of his family, church family and friends.
Investigators said the victim is also an acquaintance of the McQueen family and was involved in a dating relationship with McQueen's daughter. The age of the girl has not been released.
Madison City School District spokesperson John Peck said McQueen has been with the district since 2004 and is a fifth-grade teacher at Heritage Elementary School. He is on paid administrative leave.
Madison City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler sent a letter to parents on Thursday about the situation:
I know many of you have been following the news story about a shooting that took place last night in Harvest. The alleged shooter is Dr. Fitzgerald McQueen, a fifth-grade teacher at Heritage.
We have been in contact with the Madison County Sheriff's department. They informed us that Dr. McQueen has been charged with first degree assault. The sheriff's office is working with the Madison County District Attorney's office and there is an ongoing investigation. Since this is an active investigation, I cannot comment on this terrible situation except to say that Dr. McQueen has been placed on paid administrative leave.
Short term solutions for Dr. McQueen's classes have been set into motion and long term plans are being made. Dr. Nelson, the principal at Heritage, is committed to providing the best solution to these challenges and working to ensure that there are no gaps in teaching and learning. She will be sending an email to the parents of Heritage Elementary School students later today.
This is a very sad event. As always, we remain committed to serving our students.
The sheriff's department says the investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be added at a later time.
McQueen is now out of jail after posting bond,
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