Student shot, killed at North Carolina high school; suspect in custody

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Monday, October 29, 2018
Student arrested after shooting at NC high school
Student arrested after shooting at NC high school

MATTHEWS, North Carolina -- Authorities say a student shot at a North Carolina high school Monday morning has died.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools issued a statement saying the student was shot at Butler High School in Matthews, about 12 miles southeast of Charlotte.

"I am heartbroken to hear that we have lost a student to school violence in one of our schools," said State Superintendent Mark Johnson. "We have contacted Charlotte-Mecklenburg authorities and will assist in any way we can, but of course our first thoughts are for the parents and other loved ones of the student who passed away. The safety of our students is paramount. This is a sad day for all of North Carolina, and we must work together as a community to address these problems."

"I am heartbroken to hear about today's school violence that has taken the life of a high school student in Matthews, and my family is praying for this community," Governor Roy Cooper said in a statement. "I have been in touch with local officials to offer condolences and state support as needed. As we get more information it is critical that we come together to do everything in our power to prevent these incidents from happening and keep guns out of our schools."

The Matthews Police Department said the injured student was taken to a local hospital but later died.

The police statement said the shooter, who was a classmate, was taken into custody.

Identities of either student have not been released.

Police believe the shooting was an "isolated incident" and have recovered the weapon.

Dozens of parents gathered outside of the school of about 2,000 students to wait.

Lockdown was lifted around 9:15 a.m. and students streamed out, many crying and hugging parents.