WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – A 15-year-old has been charged in the shooting of another minor at New Hanover High School on Monday.
According to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Chance Deablo has been taken into custody and faces multiple charges, including attempted first-degree murder.
The injured student was taken to the hospital for treatment. Sheriff Ed McMahon said he believes the student’s injuries are not life-threatening.
“New Hanover High School is currently being searched by SRO’s to ensure all students have been evacuated,” the sheriff’s office tweeted.
School system officials say that students will be taken to the MLK Center later this afternoon where they will be released to their parents.
“New Hanover High School students and staff have been escorted to Williston Middle School by the Sheriff’s Department after a shooting on the campus of New Hanover High School,” the school system stated in a news release. “The Sheriff’s office has confirmed this is NOT an active shooter situation. Once a full headcount is conducted, students will be taken to the MLK center at 401 S 8th street where they will be released to their parents.
“Williston Middle School and Gregory Elementary are safely under a shelter in place. Students from these two schools are not being released to families at this time. Please wait for further instructions before going to one of those locations to pick up your student.”
Laney High School also is under a shelter in place for security reasons, according to the school system.
On Monday, a video was quickly circulating on social media of a fight that was purportedly connected to the shooting. Toward the end of the video, three gunshots can be heard. WECT has not been able to confirm the fight in the video and the shooting are connected.
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