At least one student was injured in shooting in Winston-Salem on Wednesday
At least one student was injured in a shooting at a high school in the North Carolina city of Winston-Salem on Wednesday.
The shooting happened at Mount Tabor High School on the city’s northwest side, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said.
The injured student, whose name was not released, was taken to an area hospital for treatment, and all other students are safe.
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.
“Many high schools in the area are also on lockdown out of an abundance of caution. There has not been another incident but it is out of an abundance of caution,” Howell said.
“We are actively investigating what happened and will share confirmed information when available,” the sheriff’s office said.
The shooting was reported shortly after noon.
After the shooting, students were being transported to a Harris Teeter grocery store at Whitaker Square to be reunited with their parents, city officials and the sheriff’s office said on Twitter. The sheriff’s office earlier named a different site.
After the shooting was reported, numerous law enforcement vehicles were seen parked along both sides of a street near the school Wednesday.
A student at the school told CNN the school went into lockdown after an announcement over the intercom. About 10 minutes later, police with rifles came in yelling, “Police department, put your hands up!”
Officers moved the students to another location in the school, telling them they could bring their cell phones, but: “Everybody stand up. Leave your bags in place.”
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.