Student shot dead by classmate in NC high school, police say

NBC News

A high school student was shot dead by a classmate inside their Matthews, North Carolina, school Monday morning, police said.

The Matthews Police Department announced the death during a news conference hours after Butler High School, about 12 miles southeast of Charlotte, was placed on lockdown following the early morning incident, according to NBC affiliate WCNC.  

Authorities have yet to release the victim’s identity, and said the shooter has been arrested.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools issued a statement on Facebook saying the lockdown has since been lifted and there is no immediate danger on campus.

“Butler families may now pick students up from the entrance of the Butler High School campus only,” the district said. “Students will be escorted from the building to the entrance to meet families. Please exercise patience to ensure everyone’s safety and we appreciate your cooperation. Classes will proceed on campus today for students remaining on campus.”

The police statement said the suspect was also a student. Investigators have the weapon used. Police said they believe the shooting was an “isolated incident,” and authorities have secured the campus.

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