WILMINGTON, N.C. — A student was shot at Wilmington’s New Hanover High School Monday, sending the school into lockdown and evacuation mode, according to officials.
The shooting happened before noon and was not considered by deputies to be an active shooter situation. The student shot was taken to a nearby hospital in unknown condition.
“NHSO is on scene at New Hanover high school where students are being evacuated to Williston middle school due to a shooting,” the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office tweeted just after noon.
Parents are asked to pick up their children from the MLK Center after school officials perform a headcount. The center is next to the school building, located on Market Street.
Deputies say they’re sweeping the school and searching for the shooting suspect.
Families and community members were told not to enter the building.
New Hanover High School released the following statement just before noon:
“New Hannover High School is currently on lockdown. We are asking families and members of the community not to go to the building. Law enforcement is currently on the scene.”
Students and teachers at New Hanover High School, part of the New Hanover County Schools system, recently returned for in-person learning.