1 student injured in shooting at North Carolina high school, suspect at large, officials say –

Published On: Wed, Sep 1st, 2021

1 student injured in shooting at North Carolina high school, suspect at large, officials say

At least one student was injured Wednesday in a shooting at a high school in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, police said.

Authorities were working to clear Mount Tabor High School room by room, Winston-Salem City Manager Lee Garrity told NBC News on Wednesday. One student was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

Police were still looking for a suspect and the investigation was ongoing, Sheriff Bobby F. Kimbrough Jr. said.

People gather outside Mt. Tabor High School in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Sept. 1, 2021.NBC News

The school was placed on lockdown as the Winston-Salem Police and Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office secured the scene, according to the sheriff’s office Facebook page. The Charlotte field division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has also responded, the federal agency announced on Twitter.

Schools in the surrounding area were placed on lockdowns as a precaution, but no other incidents have been reported, the sheriff’s office said.

Winston-Salem dispatchers said a school resource officer called just after noon to report that someone had been shot, NBC affiliate WXII reports.

Parents have been advised to avoid the school and have been instead directed to go to the Harris Teeter Shopping Center to reunite with their children. The school’s estimated 1,000 students will be transported to the site in waves, Chris Runge, public information officer for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, told WXII.

Tension erupted at Harris Teeter after some at the scene yelled shots were fired and many began running and taking cover, according to WXII reporter Ford Hatchett, who was at the reunification site. Hatchett did not hear shots fired, but described the scene as chaotic as police and community members reacted.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said there was not a second shooting and described the incident as a “disturbance” with no injuries reported.

About an hour following the incident in the Harris Teeter parking lot, parents were taken by last name to undisclosed locations to reunite with their children, WXII reported.

This is a breaking story, please check back for updates.

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