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Teen accused in Fern Creek High School shooting appears in court

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- For the first time, we are seeing the teen accused of shooting another student at Fern Creek High School. The accused shooter is 16, but he was in adult court Monday.

Hands cuffed and dressed in a Forest Green jumpsuit, 16-year-old Andre Banks appeared in court inside the Judicial Center in downtown Louisville, facing charges as an adult. The only time he smiled was when his mother sent him support from the back of the courtroom.

Banks is accused of shooting 15-year-old Javaughntay Burroughs inside Fern Creek High School on Sept. 30. Burroughs was not the intended target, according to police. The school went on lockdown that day as fear spread during the search for the shooter.

Banks was arrested a few hours after the shooting. Burroughs continues to recover and his attorney tells WDRB that Burroughs is doing well and plans to return to school this month.

Banks is living his life right now at the Jefferson County Youth Center, according to the prosecutor's office. Banks faces six charges as an adult, including assault and wanton endangerment. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf.

A public defender will be appointed for Banks, and Judge Judith McDonald-Burkman gave Banks specific orders: "You're to have no contact with Fern Creek High School and no contact with prosecuting witnesses." 

Banks will need $30,000 full cash to get out of jail. He is expected back in court next month.

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