Winston-Salem, NC – A gunman opened fire at Mount Tabor High School on Wednesday afternoon, fatally wounding one student before he was located off-campus and taken into custody.
The incident occurred at approximately 12:07 p.m. on Sept. 1, CNN reported.
“One student was located with a gunshot wound,” Winston-Salem Police Department (WSPD) Chief Catrina Thompson said during a press conference. “Medical responders began life-saving measures and the injured student was transported to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.”
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) identified the victim as William Chavis Raynard Miller, Jr.
Officials said they believe the gunman was also a student at Mount Tabor High School, which has an enrollment of approximately 1,500, according to WXII.
One student said the school went into lockdown right after an announcement was made over the intercom system, CNN reported.
They heard police in the building about 10 minutes later, the student said.
The officers came into the room and ordered everyone to raise their hands and to leave their backpacks behind before they moved them to a safe area, CNN reported.
They were permitted to bring their cell phones with them, the student said.
A sophomore at Mount Tabor shared this video with me from inside his classroom. He tells me he is safe at this time (courtesy: Thurman Marshall) @ABC45TV #WinstonSalem #MountTabor pic.twitter.com/RTFUEgT8Wt
— Camille J Gayle (@CamilleGayle_tv) September 1, 2021
Students were ultimately loaded on to buses and taken to an off-campus location to be reunited with their families, WXII reported.
No other injuries were reported as a result of the attack, police said.
Chief Catrina Thompson confirms death of one student in shooting at Mt. Tabor High School. pic.twitter.com/98cDPI9Pjb
— cityofwspolice (@cityofwspolice) September 1, 2021
The search for the suspected gunman lasted approximately six hours, WXII reported.
He was apprehended just outside the city, according to the news outlet.
“The suspect from the shooting at Mt. Tabor High School was taken into custody without incident with assistance from the US Marshals Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force,” the FCSO confirmed in a tweet on Wednesday evening.
The shooter’s identity has not been released, nor has a potential motive for the deadly attack.
Authorities confirmed the alleged gunman is a juvenile who is believed to be either a freshman or a sophomore at the school, WXII reported.
Several area high schools were placed on lockdown after the shooting “out of an abundance of caution,” Forsyth County Public Affairs Officer Christina Howell told CNN.
The lockdowns were all lifted later on Wednesday afternoon, Chief Thompson said.
BREAKING: We do not have any details confirmed. Police and other first responders are on Petree Road, at Mount Tabor High School.
— WXII Lee Anne Denyer (@WXIILeeAnne) September 1, 2021
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Tricia McManus said law enforcement officers were quick to respond to the shooting and that school staff demonstrated “bravery and quick thinking” during the harrowing ordeal, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.
“First, I want to extend my sympathy and prayers to the family of our deceased student, and to all students, staff, and parents at Mount Tabor, who have had to endure the unthinkable today,” McManus said.
She also acknowledged the terror students and parents felt as they realized what had occurred at the school.
“I know how awful it must have been to be separated from your children during this incident, and I am sure that you held your children tighter when they arrived home this afternoon,” McManus said, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.
Gov. Cooper's Statement on Today's School Shooting in Winston-Salem: pic.twitter.com/YtVvr2zZ12
— Governor Roy Cooper (@NC_Governor) September 1, 2021
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