Police: Argument over backpack sparks shooting outside West Charlotte High School, no injuries reported

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – An argument over a backpack between several students outside West Charlotte High School sparked a shooting in broad daylight on Monday, CMPD said.

The shooting happened at 2:16 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13, at West Charlotte High located at 2219 Senior Drive.

According to CMPD, an argument over a backpack broke out between a couple of students outside the school. As the fight ended, one student decided to display a firearm and pull the trigger, police said.

At this time, it appears no one has been struck by gunfire, CMPD said.

CMPD Police Chief Johnny Jennings said in the past there had been a $250 reward for information that leads to the discovery of a firearm on school property. CMPD is now increasing their reward to $500 for information that leads to the discovery of a firearm on school grounds.

Twenty-three weapons have been found on CMS campuses so far this year, authorities said. This case remains active and ongoing at this time, CMPD said. So far, no arrests have been made. Chief Jennings said if a weapon found on school campus is owned by the student’s parents, they could face charges.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools announced Monday afternoon their order of clear backpacks has been delayed. The shipment is expected to arrive sometime in February 2022.

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