ONE student was shot and a teenager was arrested after gunfire erupted at a high school.
Chance Deablo, 15, was arrested and charged following the Monday morning shooting.
The teenager was hit with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, bringing a weapon onto school grounds and discharging a weapon on school grounds charges.
Reports emerged of a shooting at the Wilmington, North Carolina, school just before 12pm local time.
The school board confirmed that the high school had been placed on lockdown after the claims emerged.
"New Hanover High School is currently on lockdown. We are asking families to NOT come to the building," they wrote.
"Law enforcement is currently on the scene. We will update our New Hanover High School families as more information becomes available."
Police confirmed that there was a shooting at the high school and that they were on the scene.
Lt. Jerry Brewer with the sheriff’s office told WECT that one student was shot and taken to the hospital. They sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Students were initially locked down in their classrooms before being evacuated just after 12.10pm.
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Footage from an on-scene reporter showed a group of masked-up students leaving the building. Staff were also evacuated.
Police said that parents will need to pick their children up from the MLK Center once the school has conducted an "accurate headcount."
Officers are currently searching the school to ensure that no one has been left behind.
Williston Middle School and Gregory Elementary school have both been put under a shelter-in-place order.
Parents claimed on social media that their children contacted them to tell them of the devastating news.
"My baby called me terrified," one person wrote, while another said: "Yes my son called and told us."
Alongside the lockdown, law enforcement agencies also blocked off roads close to the school.
Footage that is believed to be from the scene shows students fighting in one of the corridors before gunshots could be heard ringing out.
One of the minors dragged another by his white T-shirt across the catwalk, to which students started yelling "no, no, stop, stop it."
Three gunshots can then be heard before the video ends. The footage has not been commented on by police.
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