Police: Gun found in Charlotte high school during lockdown after shots fired near the school

Officers were called for a report of shots fired near the intersection of Sugar Creek Road and Eastway Drive.
Published: Oct. 5, 2021 at 8:32 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 5, 2021 at 2:28 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – A minor was arrested for his involvement in a shooting Tuesday morning, forcing a lockdown at Garinger High School in east Charlotte.

The shooting near the high school happened shortly before 7 a.m.

Garinger High School was locked down for a little more than two hours while police investigated.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, officers were called for a report of shots fired near the intersection of Sugar Creek Road and Eastway Drive.

Police arrived and learned at least one suspect involved in the shooting ran toward Garinger High School so the school was placed on lockdown while officers provided security to the school and searched for any suspects, authorities said.

“That’s the main concern. That’s something that just scares you as a parent,” said CMS parent Billy Stallings who has two children at Garinger.

Police said a witness reported a shooting near the school and said several people were seen running onto the campus of Garinger High School. Officers didn’t find any victims.

Garinger principal Bracey sent a letter to parents saying “students were potentially involved in the incident.”

“Shots were fired near campus by individuals believed to be in a black SUV,” Principal Bracey said. “It is believed that suspects targeted by the gunfire returned fire and fled to campus. It was believed those students possessed a weapon.”

School officials said students arriving at the time of the reported shooting were led to the school’s gymnasium, while students who were at the school prior to the shooting were in the cafeteria.

Police searched the gym and found a gun and two loaded magazines.

“There’s not supposed to be any weapons at the school,” said parent Leteca Barrios who has a daughter at the school.

Police said the shooting did not happen on the grounds of the school, however, a minor was identified, found at the school and placed under arrest.

CMPD confirmed Garinger official’s statement and said that a gun and two magazines were confiscated.

Officers have since detained one person and are continuing to search for any additional suspects, according to the CMPD.

The minor has been charged with possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a minor and possession of a firearm on school grounds.

No injuries have been reported at this time, according to law enforcement and school officials.

Additional security will be at the school throughout the day.

“No students were injured and police have secured our building and campus,” Bracey said. “Currently, our school remains on lockdown. Upon receiving the go-ahead we will transition to restricted movement for the rest of the day. Additional security will be present.”

Principal Bracey wrote the letter to parents to urge them to speak to their children about bringing weapons to school.

“I encourage you to speak with your students about the consequences of bringing weapons to school or on school transportation and to share with law enforcement any information they may know about today’s incident,” Bracey said.

“Stop the violence it’s too much going on. somebody else could get injured, one of your siblings, a close friend, relative, or something like that. Just put the guns down,” Stallings said.

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