Fistfight at North Carolina high school ends in fatal shooting

Student shot at high school in Matthews suspect in custody

The student who was shot on October 29 at Butler High School in North Carolina died from the gunshot wound, officials said.

Tyrrell identified the victim as a 16-year-old Bobby McKeithen, a sophomore.

"It's been an extremely tragic event for us here in Matthews for the Butler High School community", Tyrrell said. He is charged as an adult with first-degree murder and is being held in the Mecklenburg County jail.

About five to seven minutes after the shooting, authorities learned from a teacher that she was with the suspected shooter, Tyrrell said.

Surveillance video shows the two students getting into a fight before the shooting, Tyrrell said. "They said 'how can it be a normal day when a kid is shot in the school?' The trauma", Andra said.

"Butler High School is on lockdown after a student was shot on campus this morning".

The shooting in the hallway of Butler High School in Matthews stemmed from a fight between the victim and the suspect, said Matthews Police Capt. Stason Tyrrell. McKeithen died of his injuries in a nearby hospital. Investigators have the weapon used, but have not said what it is.

Footage that appeared on Instagram showed screaming students fleeing the crowded hallway after the suspect pulled a gun on the victim.

She said the shooting reveals just how serious the conversation about school safety really is.

"We're incredibly sad, and we're sorry for this family", Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox.

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"What would parents have said to us if we let kids run out and didn't know where they were?"

At the vigil, one student who identified herself as a cheerleader criticized news stories about the shooting that called it an isolated incident. "I don't know how a young person gets a handgun in the state of North Carolina but we'll look into all those things and make sure it doesn't happen again".

He said the system was reviewing its security procedures.

"Our hearts are with the family, loved ones, friends and everyone affected by the tragedy which occurred this morning at Butler High School".

He said the victim, a friend of his, was shot in the back as he walked away.

"Someone asked me how could someone, especially a student, come onto one of our campuses with a loaded gun, and I wish I had an answer to that", Wilcox said.

The school was placed on lockdown following the shooting, and students were told to remain in their classrooms. The statement added that classes will continue for students who remain on campus. The diverse student body of about 2,000 at the school in North Carolina's most populous county is about one-third white, one-third African-American and one-quarter Hispanic.

Almanza echoed this message after the vigil, saying that dozens of students were vulnerable as soon as shots went off in the crowded hall.

Multiple parents told local television channels that they felt confused and unsure about where to meet with their children. Lockdown was apparently lifted around 9:15 a.m., and students streamed out, many crying and hugging parents.

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