1 student dead in shooting at North Carolina high school, suspect in custody, officials say

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A student was killed Wednesday in a shooting at a high school in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, police said.

Authorities were dispatched to Mount Tabor High School after a school resource officer reported a shooting at about 12:07 p.m., Winston Salem Police Chief Catrina Thompson said. One student was transferred to a hospital with a gunshot wound, where he died of his injuries.


He was identified by authorities as William Chavis Raynard Miller, Jr.

After being at large for hours following the shooting, the suspect was taken into custody without incident, the sheriff's office announced Wednesday night. Thompson had said earlier in the day that the suspect was believed to be a student.

Officials did not identify the suspect or provide a motive for the shooting.


The school was placed on lockdown as the Winston-Salem Police and Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office secured the scene, according to the sheriff’s office Facebook page. The Charlotte field division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has also responded, the federal agency announced on Twitter.

Schools in the surrounding area were placed on lockdowns as a precaution, but no other incidents have been reported, the sheriff's office said.

Winston-Salem dispatchers said a school resource officer called just after noon to report that someone had been shot, NBC affiliate WXII reports.

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