Four schools in south Charlotte temporarily locked down after nearby shooting

Four schools in south Charlotte temporarily locked down after nearby shooting

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A teen was injured in an accidental shooting in south Charlotte Thursday morning, prompting a lockdown at four nearby schools, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say.

Officers said 17-year-old Ashton White was shot in the leg around 8 a.m. on Hamlin Park Drive and Park Road near the Quail Corners Shopping Center at a CATS bus stop.

According to police, South Division patrol officers were dispatched to an assault with a deadly weapon call near the intersection of Hamlin Park Drive and Brandon Forest Drive.

Officers who were nearby responded to the scene within minutes and found the teen with an apparent gunshot wound to his leg.

Medic responded to the scene and transported the victim to Carolinas Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Police say that during the initial investigation, the victim told officers that he was shot near the intersection by an unknown suspect. As a precaution, South Mecklenburg High School was placed on lockdown.

Additional officers have been assigned to the school and surrounding neighborhoods.  The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Police Department was notified and responded to the school.  Officers are canvasing the area to determine if anyone has any additional information that will assist in the investigation.

South Mecklenburg student Nigel Brown was coming late to school, but never made it.

"They had it blocked off up here, and they had it blocked off by the bus lot so they wouldn't let us in so we had to turn around and go back home," Brown said.

And for students who were in school, it was a day to stay in one place.

"So we had to sit in class for about seven hours, we couldn't use the restroom, the teachers had to escort us to the bathrooms, we weren't allowed to go eat lunch in the cafeteria, they brought us lunch, so we just sat and did nothing," said Nicklas Beckmann.

A short time later, Charlotte Catholic High School, located on Johnston Road, was also placed on lockdown. The lockdown at Charlotte Catholic was lifted around 9:50 a.m.

Smithfield Elementary and Quail Hollow Middle schools were also placed on lockdown. All schools dismissed at normal times.

Below is the message that was sent out by the school:

"CCHS is on a lock-in due to an incident at South Meck.  All exterior doors to school are locked and secured.  Classes will continue as usual.  If your child is scheduled to be dismissed, the parent must escort child from school.  We will alert you when lock-in concludes as recommended by CMPD."

White went to Carolinas Medical Center with minor injuries.

Students told WBTV White is a former student who attended South Mecklenburg High School, but does not attend the school any longer.

White was charged with possessing marijuana paraphernalia.  There have not been any arrests in the shooting, which remains an ongoing investigation.

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