Huntersville police Thursday morning arrested a student who was found with a gun at North Mecklenburg High School. Police locked down the high school and two other nearby schools for about 30 minutes while the youth led officers on a foot chase near the school.
The incident began around 9:15am, when North Meck’s School Resource Officer learned from Charlotte Mecklenburg Police that a student then on campus might be carrying a handgun. The resource officer and school personnel confronted the student outside a classroom, and he turned and ran.
School officials called for help from local police, and at 9:30am, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools put North Meck, Blythe Elementary School and Alexander Middle School on lockdown.
Police chased the unidentified youth on foot into a wooded area across NC 115 from the high school. He was arrested there, and police also found a semi-automatic handgun. He was taken to Huntersville Police Department, where police were continuing their investigation Thursday afternoon.
The schools’ lockdowns ended after the suspect was caught, at around 10am.
Later Thursday afternoon, Huntersville police said they had transferred the juvenile suspect to an area juvenile detention facility. The student was charged with Possession of a Handgun by a Minor; Possession of a Firearm on School Campus; Carrying a Concealed Weapon; and Altering/Removing a Serial Number on Firearm; and Resisting, Delaying, and Obstructing.
Huntersville police are asking anyone with information about the case to call Lt. Kevin Johnston at 704-464-5400.
3 Huntersville schools go on lockdown for ‘police activity’
North Mecklenburg High School, J.M. Alexander Middle School and Blythe Elementary School were on lockdown for about a half hour beginning around 9:30 Thursday morning because of what a CMS spokeswoman called “police activity in the area.” Police later were seen arresting a man near the high school.
All three schools are off NC 115 in Huntersville, just north of the I-485 interchange.
TV news reports said police had captured a suspect. WCNC-TV reported that police arrested a man across from North Meck High School after a chase.
Readers told us police were seen searching in the woods near the schools. School officials later sent messages to parents via telephone and email saying the lockdown ended around 10am. “The school has returned to a normal schedule. No one was injured or threatened,” said a message from North Mecklenburg principal Matthew Hayes.