1 student shot at North Carolina high school, police say

A student opened fire at Butler High School on Monday striking a classmate police said

The suspect was taken into custody and questioned by police. Neither the suspect nor the victim's names or ages were immediately released. The school district said there is no further danger.

Wilcox said "dozens if not hundreds" of students witnessed the shooting before fleeing in panic. Both the students involved in the incident attend Butler, he said.

Officials for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools said law enforcement officers have secured the campus and are investigating the incident.

Wilcox said the school system was reviewing its security procedures to determine how the student got a gun into the school.

"We're incredibly sad, and we're sorry for this family", Wilcox said.

The school is on lockdown.

"Our hearts are with the family, loved ones, friends and everyone affected by the tragedy which occurred this morning at Butler High School". I have been in touch with local officials to offer condolences and state support as needed.




Guardians and parents were advised of the incident via email and telephone calls.

The school is located just outside Charlotte at 1810 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.

The shooting happened around 7:15 a.m. Monday morning. Some were accompanied by their parents.

Stason Tyrrell, students remained inside with the school on lockdown for about two hours after the shooting. Three other officers were on scene within minutes, he said.

Classes did proceed on campus for students not retrieved by their parents. However, according to one source on Twitter, they did not continue as normal, and instead students were provided counseling. Parents expressed frustration on not getting information from CMS. Then they were allowed through the police line and told to go to the school. The school was placed on lockdown, which has since been lifted.

"Parents, like, stormed the building", sophomore James Kelly said. Simpson also told the newspaper that he made his son, who is in the ninth grade, "sneak out a back door".

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