Shooting Confirmed at Carver High School: Students & Parents Comfort Each Other

Shooting Confirmed at Carver High School: Students & Parents Comfort Each Other

11:23pm Aug 30, 2013
Amari Crowell,14, and his grandfather want to see more school resource officers and metal detectors in public schools.
Keri Brown

BREAKING NEWS:  Authorities have confirmed a shooting at a Winston-Salem high school and that a suspect is in custody. Winston-Salem-Forsyth County Schools spokesman Theo Helm says the shooting occurred at Carver High School, which is on the city's northeast side.

The shooting occurred around 2:30 p.m., slightly more than an hour before classes would have been dismissed for the day. WFDD's Keri Brown is at the school and describes the scene.

4:04 p.m.

Update - 5:04 p.m.

We are following a developing story at Carver High School, where police have confirmed a shooting on school grounds. WFDD's Keri Brown is at the school, where a press conference is expected shortly. 

 Update 10:50 p.m.

Police say two students were involved in a shooting Friday afternoon at Carver High School in Winston-Salem. Police say one of the students is in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and the other is in police custody.

The shooting took place outside on school grounds. More than 700 students attend Carver High School. Police say several of them were outside when the shooting occurred because of a routine fire drill.

Amari Crowell, 14, is a freshman at Carver. He says he can’t shake what he saw.

“The first time I thought somebody had popped a lighter and I saw the smoke. Everybody started looking around and then I heard a second shot and saw smoke and I started running behind one of my football teammates,” says Crowell.

Students inside the school also reported chaos.

Police say after the shooting, the suspect,  Christopher Lamont Richardson, 18,  was taken into custody by school resource officer Tim Wilson without incident. The injured student was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. 

Richardson is charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm on school property, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and discharging a firearm within city limits.

Richardson’s bond was set at $50,000. His court date is scheduled for Sept. 26.

The victim, Antwain Deshaun Porter, 15, was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Carver high school was placed on lockdown for more than two hours and as a safety precaution, the high school football game was canceled. Crisis counselors will be at the school when classes resume on Tuesday.

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