Teen arrested after student shot, injured at New Hanover High School
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Several officers with the Wilmington Police Department and New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputies were called to New Hanover High School Monday morning after a student was shot.
According to WWAY sources, they received a call sometime after 11 a.m. in reference to a shooting at the school.
New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Jerry Brewer said one student was shot and taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. According to Sheriff Ed McMahon, the injuries were not life threatening, and that student is expected to recover.
The gunman appeared to run away, but was later arrested.
During a press conference Monday afternoon, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said a 15-year-old student is charged with bringing a weapon into school grounds, discharging a weapon on school grounds, assault with deadly weapon intent to kill or inflict serious injury, and attempted 1st degree murder.
During the press conference, multiple officials said, “this will not be tolerated in our schools”.
Mayor Bill Saffo said, “We were lucky today,” after seeing video of the shooting.
“I know that this is the call every parent dreads receiving,” said District Attorney Ben David. “Thank God everyone is going to be okay.”
Just before noon, New Hanover County Schools spokesman Russell Clark released a written statement which said the school was on lockdown.
“We are asking families and members of the community not to go to the building,” Clark said. “Law enforcement is currently on the scene.”
The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said students were being evacuated to nearby Williston Middle School for a head count and that parents could pick them up from the MLK Center.
Williston Middle School and Gregory Elementary were under a temporary shelter in place. Students from these two schools were not release until later.
In pictures WWAY obtained, several law enforcement cars were parked along Market Street in front of the school.
Students and staff were seen calmly walking away from the school near Rose Ice & Coal Company. In one photo, a law enforcement officer was escorting students as they carried their book bags.
DA Ben David says additional details about the case cannot be discussed as the investigation is ongoing.
“We know there’s a lot of students and a lot of their parents who are hungry for details,” David said. “Those will come out in a courtroom, I promise you, they can’t come out in a press conference. That is particularly paramount when a juvenile has been charged.”
WWAY is aware of a video of the incident circulating on social media. We are choosing not to share it at this time.