Mount Tabor High School was placed into lockdown Wednesday afternoon after a shooting took place on school property. The city of Winston-Salem Police Department announced the lockdown on their Twitter page, claiming that the North Carolina School was secured and students were being kept safe.
“Mount Tabor High School is on lockdown,” the post read. “There has been a shooting on school property. We and the WSPD have secured the campus and are doing everything possible to keep students safe. We are actively investigating what happened and will share confirmed information when available.”
According to another post, one student was injured during the shooting but all others were unharmed. The extent of the student’s injuries was unknown as of midday Wednesday, though it was reported to be a gunshot wound. The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital.
The identity of the suspected shooter and the name of the victim has not been released. Police have not yet determined a motive in the shooting.
Law enforcement officials are “actively seeking the suspect,” according to the Winston-Salem Police Department. The department reported that “we have no confirmed information of any other shootings or injuries.”
A subsequent post indicated that “many schools in the area are on lockdown” but that there had not been another shooting incident. The schools were placed on lockdown “out of an abundance of caution.”
Police reported that all parents of Mount Tabor High School students should report to the Harris Teeter and “NOT to the YMCA” for reunification with children. The area around the school was also identified as a no-fly zone for drones.
A local newspaper reported that the students of Mount Tabor High School were asked to shelter in place. An officer told USA Today that “we do have an emergency at a school. We do have it on lockdown.” It was unclear whether the incident was a targeted event or a random act. It was not revealed if the suspect had a relationship with the injured victim. It was also not clear how many shots were fired during the incident or what gun was used.
According to reports, parents were frantic trying to get information. Many parked their cars on the sidewalk a few blocks away from the high school, asking authorities for any information on the shooting. Students had been taken to a nearby Harris Teeter when the lockdown ended. Parents have been reunited with their children, though it’s unclear if they have been allowed to take them home.
It was reported that Mount Tabor High School has around 1,500 students. The school is located in a residential area of Winston-Salem.
A dispatcher claimed that a school resource officer first reported the incident around 12:00 p.m. The officer called for law enforcement. There were two deputies already inside the building when the shooting occurred and additional reinforcements were at the building “within minutes,” according to Superintendent Tricia McManus.
Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough Jr. said during a press briefing Wednesday that “it’s a sad day in Forsyth County. He explained that EMS aided “students who, quite naturally, were panicked by this.” He said he did not know the victim’s condition.
Photos from the scene showed police and other first responders on Petree Road, near Mount Tabor High School. Frantazia Hines, who has a sister at the high school, claimed she heard “multiple gunshots” while speaking to her sister on the phone.
One parent, Christopher Johnson, explained that his son heard gunshots while in the school’s gym. Students were then directed to hide. Johnson pointed out that “you see stuff like this in the media” but “it’s scary to know that it actually reached out and touched you this time. My son’s not a victim but he’s part of this and he’ll probably remember this forever.”