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Man pleads not guilty to deadly shooting at Humboldt High School basketball game

Jadon Davon Hardiman is charged with first-degree murder and more in the shooting that left Justin Pankey dead and two others injured.

HUMBOLDT, Tenn. — UPDATED: A man charged in a deadly shooting during a high school basketball game in West Tennessee has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges. 

18-year-old Jadon Hardiman of Jackson, Tennessee, entered the plea during a court hearing Wednesday. Hardiman is also charged with attempted murder, carrying a weapon on school property, and other weapons charges in the November 30th shooting at Humboldt High School. 

Hardiman was arrested December 1st after turning himself in, accused of shooting three people, one fatally, following a pair of basketball games in Humboldt. 

Police received a call about 8:20 p.m. about shots fired at Humboldt High School. According to a statement posted on Facebook by Humboldt City Schools, there was a shooting during a basketball game as Humboldt High School was playing North Side High School.

Police said they found 21-year-old Justin Kevon Pankey, a graduate of Humboldt High, shot. He died at the scene.

Another 18-year-old was taken to a trauma center and in serious condition. A third victim was taken to a hospital by private vehicle and released with non-left-threatening injuries.

During last week's update, investigators said they identified Hardiman from video from the school. They believe Hardiman and the victims knew each other. They said the two victims who survived were in the "wrong place at the wrong time." They did not release a motive for the shooting.

They also said there were no metal detectors at the school, or other ways to check for guns at the game, but there were two security officers at the game. They are looking into more security measures for the future.

Humboldt City Schools Superintendent Janice Epperson said in a statement after the shooting that the altercation happened between two adults and no Humboldt students were involved or injured.

The school district cancelled all classes and all before and after school activities for Wednesday, December 1.

Humboldt is about an hour and a half east of Memphis.

On November 30, 2021 officers of the Humboldt Police Department responded to the gymnasium at Humboldt High School in...

Posted by Humboldt Police Department, Humboldt TN on Wednesday, December 1, 2021

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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