One student has died in a shooting at Mount Tabor High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, police chief Catrina A. Thompson said Wednesday. The suspect, believed to be a fellow high school student, remains at large, she said.
Earlier in the day, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said there was a shooting “on school property” that had wounded one student but said all other students were safe. Just before 1 p.m. local time, Mount Tabor and surrounding schools were placed on lockdown as Winston-Salem police and first responders secured the area and began reunification efforts.
Police are still searching for the suspect. No other details were immediately released.
“Certainly this is a sad day for the Winston-Salem community,” Mayor Allen Joines said at a Wednesday afternoon press briefing.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper released a statement decrying the shooting.
“For the second time this week, we have seen a shooting in a North Carolina school,” Cooper said. “I have been briefed by law enforcement and the Department of Public Safety is ready to provide any support necessary. We must work to ensure the safety of students and educators, quickly apprehend the shooter and keep guns off school grounds.”