A student at Albemarle High School is in police custody after he allegedly shot another student in the lower extremities Tuesday morning as class was beginning. All Albemarle Police Chief William Halliburton would reveal at a press conference shortly after the incident was that the two - he wasn't sure what grade they were in or if they were minors - had been in a brief altercation leading up to the shooting, which occurred in a courtyard in front of the school.
The suspected shooter surrendered quickly after the incident, and the victim is in a nearby hospital. His condition is unknown. As of 10 a.m. the school was still on lockdown.
"He could have done more, so the reaction is we're thankful that he gave himself up," Halliburton said.
About 20 officers from the city, county and surrounding townships responded to the incident within minutes and sent teams inside the school to look for any other active shooters.
Halliburton said multiple police forces, including his own, and the school had practiced how to respond to a large-scale active shooting with multiple victims over the summer. "I felt we were as prepared as we could be," he said of today's reaction.
He did not say when the department would release the condition of the victim or his or the suspected shooter's identity.
He said Albemarle PD will follow up this incident with community meetings to gather reactions - what went right, what went wrong - from parents and community leaders. "The community is very interested and very concerned when something like this happens. You always read about it and hear about it somewhere else, but when it happens here … I'm sure we'll get a lot of reaction."
To Halliburton's knowledge this is the first such shooting in Albemarle.
Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Sept. 30, 2014 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.
• Charli XCX at Amos' Southend
• Once at Belk Theater
• Beer Dinner at Heist Brewery
• Jon Reep at The Comedy Zone Lake Norman
• Trivia at Petra's Piano Bar & Cabaret
A grand jury has indicted the step father of the little girl who died after he slammed her head into a wall. Joshua Houser was indicted on second-degree murder charges after abusing Kilah Davenport, who died this year after the incident in 2012. She would have been 5 this year.
The State Board of Elections is investigating Americans for Prosperity after the conservative group mailed error-riddled voter registration information pamphlets to some North Carolinians (and one cat). "Casey M. Mann, N.C. Democratic Party executive director, filed the complaint Monday over the Americans for Prosperity Foundation voter registration mailers that included incorrect information on where to send applications, an incorrect registration deadline, and inaccurate information about getting answers to questions."
The Secret Service really needs to lock it down. The vet who jumped the White House's fence got farther inside than what was originally reported. Omar Gonzalez made it into the East Room and was then tackled by an agent. Fortunately the first family had just left the building.
The body of a real estate agent who went missing while showing a home in Arkansas has been discovered in a shallow grave. After 12 hours of questioning, Arron Carter admitted to kidnapping Beverly Carter, but he did not say where he put her body.
The Colorado Supreme Court will consider a case in which Dish Network fired a quadriplegic who smoked pot to treat his seizures and failed a drug test. Dish argues that because pot is still illegal on the federal level, workers should not receive the same protections if they are fired for smoking regular cigarettes. A bad car accident left Brandon Coats, 35, paralyzed from the chest down.
Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Sept. 29, 2014 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.
• Faculty Show at Queens University
• Modern Mondays at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
• Knocturnal at Snug Harbor
• Karaoke Monday at Vida Vida
• Find Your Muse Open Mic featuring Wilhelm Brothers at The Evening Muse
The center that oversees Innocence Projects in North Carolina is taking on the case of a man from Gaston County who says he did not kill UNC Charlotte student Irina Yarmolenko in 2008. Mark Carver was convicted of murder in 2011 and has served 3 1/2 years on death row. An online campaign, "Free Mark Carver," has gotten the attention of attorneys with the N.C. Center on Actual Innocence, who agree he is not guilty.
Despite what the government-run media claims, pro-democracy protests have erupted in Hong Kong. "Chinese newspapers and news outlets on Monday, citing reports by the official Xinhua News Agency, said protesters were "disrupting social order and stability" on Sunday by "illegally" occupying public spaces in Hong Kong's business district. By contrast, Hong Kong and foreign media largely focused on police conduct, especially the use of pepper spray and tear gas, which are unusual in a city known for peaceful protests."
Fifteen people were shot at a nightclub in Miami early Sunday morning. Seven were transported to a nearby hospital, and one is in critical condition. The victims' ages range from 11 to 25. It is unclear as to what led to the shooting or why children were in the club.
In an "exclusive interview" with CNN, an ISIS fighter downplayed the U.S.'s airstrikes against the terrorist group, saying not only were they prepared, but the targets - including small-scale refineries - aren't their only source of cash.
Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Sept. 28, 2014 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.
• They're Playing Our Song at CPCC's Halton Theater
• Fashionably Fit Lifestyle Fashion Show at Label
• Queen City Soup at CPCC's Pease Auditorium
• Bowling Extravaganza Charity Event at 10 Park Lanes
Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Sept. 27, 2014 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.
• 27 Views of Charlotte: The Queen City in Prose & Poetry book release at Park Road Books
• Charlotte Oktoberfest Beer Festival at N.C. Music Factory
• Spread Love Seminar Series with Tinesha Matthews: For the Love of Food at Johnson C. Smith University
• 3rd Annual Kitty Cabaret at Petra's Piano Bar & Cabaret
• Charlotte Symphony: Ben Folds at Belk Theater
Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Sept. 26, 2014 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.
• Stranger Day at Neighborhood Theatre
• LATIBAH Alive!: "Reach Out and Teach" at LATIBAH Collard Green Museum
• Mountainfilm On Tour at McGlohon Theater
• Malcolm Holcombe at Evening Muse
• Bubblyfest II at Bubble
Yet another pro athlete has been charged with domestic assault. Charlotte Hornets player Jeff Taylor was charged in Michigan, where he was arraigned, and was released from jail on $5,000 bond. The Hornets quickly issued a statement saying they were looking into the matter.
Though the risk for contamination is very low, hospitals in Raleigh are screening patients who spent time in West Africa for Ebola. Similarly, hospitals are training staff to handle the disease if a patient turns up positive.
Intelligence agents think they know the identity of the Islamic militant who beheaded two freelance journalist, but British and American agencies are withholding his name until their search for him is over. "Intelligence agencies have used voice-recognition technology, overhead imagery and records of Western fighters who are believed to have joined the group in the effort to identify the killer, who first appeared in a video a month ago showing the beheading of James Foley. A second gruesome video, showing the death of Steven J. Sotloff, was released about two weeks later. Both men were freelance journalists."
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un - Jong Il's kid - hasn't been seen in public for three weeks, and even skipped out on a meeting he's attended every year since taking over. Citing his weight and a limp, some observers suggest that perhaps his health is in trouble.
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