A shooting Monday morning at a North Carolina high school has left one of its students dead and his classmate in police custody in connection with his death.
Police told CNN that the shooting occurred in the hallway of Butler High School and was sparked by an altercation between the victim and alleged shooting. The nature of the altercation is unclear at this point in time; reports indicated that surveillance cameras caught the fight and subsequent shooting.
The Charlotte Observer reported that the hallway was crowded when gunfire erupted. The school was on lockdown for two hours following the shooting. No other injuries were reported.
Matthews Police Department Captain Stason Tyrrell said the victim, a male student, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital. Calling it an “isolated incident,” he said a school resource officer apprehended the suspect before backup arrived at the scene.
Though law enforcement is in possession of a weapon, they haven’t revealed what type of gun was used in Monday morning’s shooting.
In light of the fatal shooting, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District announced via Facebook that students would be allowed to leave but classes would continue for those who choose to stay on campus.
“Families arriving to pick up students will be directed by law enforcement officers to the entrance of the campus. Students will be escorted from the building to the entrance to meet families,” they said.
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