Student punched, shot in stomach at high school in North Carolina

Student punched, shot in stomach at high school in North Carolina

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Shaleek Williams.


by Staff

Posted on February 11, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 11 at 8:32 AM

SALISBURY, N.C. -- Salisbury police are investigating a shooting at Salisbury High School on Monday afternoon.

Police say a shooting occurred in the area of the gymnasium, behind the high school, after classes dismissed for the day, around 3 p.m.

Police have made one arrest in the shooting late Monday night. Dajaun Lamont Russell was taken into custody around 10 p.m.  at a family member’s residence on E. Fisher Street.

Authorities are still searching for a second suspect in connection to the shooting.

Authorities say there was a confrontation between two groups, including some Salisbury High School students.

They believe the incident is connected to an altercation that occurred over the weekend.

One student, 16-year-old Shaleek Williams, was shot and taken to Novant Health Rowan Regional Medical Center by private vehicle. Police say Shaleek was punched in the face then shot in the abdomen.

NBC Charlotte's reporter on the scene says the student is expected to be okay.

Shaleek is a junior varsity basketball and football player.

Students tell NBC Charlotte's reporter on the scene that Shaleek was not the intended target.

Between 60 and 100 students were in and around the gym at the time of the shooting.

Police say they have strong leads on two suspects, who fled the scene of the shooting on foot. Police say the two suspects were not students of the school. The suspects will be named when authorities have obtained warrants for their arrests.

Both Salisbury High School and Livingstone College were placed on lockdowns during the initial investigation, but both have since been lifted.

According to Salisbury High Schools Athletics' Twitter account, all school events scheduled for Monday night have been canceled.

Crisis teams will be on the campus beginning  Tuesday to speak with students about the incident.