Student shot at North Carolina high school; shooter in custody, police say
- Author: Rogelio Becker Oct 30, 2018,
Oct 30, 2018, 3:12
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department stated the single shooter was taken into custody and the weapon was apprehended. Police believe the shooting was an "isolated incident", and authorities have secured campus. During the same press conference, Clayton Wilcox, the school superintendent, said that the shooting occurred in a hallway just after 7 a.m. after Cuffie and the victim had a disagreement.
Matthews police confirmed on Facebook that a student at Butler High School had been shot and taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.
"We're incredibly sad, and we're sorry for this family", Wilcox said. The school does not have metal detectors, he said. The school had been put on lockdown, but the lockdown has been lifted.
Matthews Mayor Paul Bailey also offered his condolences to everyone affected at Butler High.
'It sounded like a balloon but louder, ' she said.
The student accused of firing the fatal shot was arrested quickly as investigators secured the campus, which is about 12 miles southeast of Charlotte.
The Charlotte Observer released a video of students screaming "let us out", during the confusion immediately following the incident. "Our schools and students rely on cooperation between and amongst and each other and today that simply wasn't enough". Speaking to WSOC-TV, a witness to the shooting, Jorge Sanchez, said that, "As [McKeithan] was walking away, he was shot in the back".
Wilcox said school officials were not sure how the suspect was able to get a gun into the school, but noted that not all bags brought onto campus are "actively" searched by the staff. The school had been placed in lockdown, but that was later lifted as students streamed out, many crying and hugging parents.
Guardians and parents were advised of the incident via email and telephone calls. Classes were be held for students remaining on campus, the district said.