HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – A battle at Hopewell Higher School in Huntersville Wednesday that prompted a lockdown was a “retaliatory action” for an alleged tried theft, in accordance to the Huntersville Police Office.
Police said a struggle broke out among learners all through a class trade all around 12:30 p.m.
In the course of the fight, a black handgun fell to the floor and was picked up by a university student.
Police claimed officers have been capable to discover the students in the combat using the in-university digital camera process and commenced locating the students on campus.
In the course of the investigation, a loaded handgun was found on a university student but was not the original weapon viewed becoming picked up by the scholar.
The missing handgun was afterwards observed on a college bus when a pupil on the bus notified the bus driver they noticed the weapon.
Officers have been however on scene and took the university student with the gun into custody. The weapon was positively discovered as the first gun noticed through the battle. Law enforcement stated the weapon experienced been beforehand stolen.
All of the college students involved have been taken into custody. All through interviews with law enforcement, investigators stated the students discovered that an attempted robbery had happened involving the learners previously Wednesday early morning. The alleged robbery continues to be under investigation.
The fight, law enforcement stated, begun as a retaliatory action versus the suspects in the robbery.
5 college students ended up arrested following the incident and charged with possession of a weapon on college grounds, which includes two 17-calendar year-outdated boys, a 17-calendar year-old female, a 16-year-outdated boy and a 15-12 months-outdated boy.
CMS Superintendent Earnest Winston expressed his issue following the incident.
“We have to deal with this difficulty, but also the fundamental concerns that are foremost to school-age adolescents having accessibility to guns in the very first area,” Winston stated. “That is a discussion that entails CMS, but it must be broader than that.”