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Christopher Lamont Richardson, Jr. Arrested For Carver HS Shooting

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Video: Shooting Reported at Winston-Salem High School

  • Christopher Lamont Richardson, Jr.
  • Officer T.R. Wilson

Winston-Salem, NC - One Carver High School student is in the hospital and another is behind bars after a shooting on campus, Friday.

READ: Student Shot Outside Carver High During Fire Drill

Carver's School Resource Officer took Christopher Lamont Richardson, Jr. into custody shortly after the shooting. 

Winston-Salem Police charged him with Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Possession of Firearm on School Property, Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury, and Discharging Firearm within city limits.

Police say Richardson shot a classmate just as a fire drill was ending, Friday. The 15-year-old student was shot outside, on school grounds. 

It is unclear how many times he was shot but police say he is being treated at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.

Authorities say School Resource Officer Tim Wilson was present and actively assisting students return to their classes when he heard gunshots.

Officer Wilson saw Richardson discharging a firearm, according to police. Police say Wilson immediately drew his service weapon and challenged Richardson before taking him into custody.

Authorities say Wilson's quick response possibly saved other students, and faculty from being injured.

"He did an excellent job with reacting to the situation, no one else was injured, he immediately got to the suspect, into custody and made sure no other students were injured," explained Chief Barry Rountree, Winston-Salem Police Department.

Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Dr. Beverly Emory added she's, "Just incredibly grateful that this was taken care of very quickly and we didn't have any other injuries."

Carver was on lockdown for nearly three hours Friday as police conducted their investigation, leaving parents and students anxious to see one another.

"We thought that basically it was a drill, so nobody was really, we weren't informed of the extent of the situation," explained Isaiah Reed, a Carver High School Student. "We just did what we was told and then after a while we noticed it wasn't a drill anymore."

Isaiah Reed's mother is a school bus driver for the county and heard about the shooting on the radio.

"That just took me to another place. I can't even explain my heart at the moment because I am thinking of having to drive kids and plus my own son being over here so you know, I was quite perplexed but I was praying," said Cynthia Schley, Isaiah's mother.

Nearly three hours after she heard about the shooting, Schley finally saw her son.

"When I saw him walking down the walkway, I mean, it's just... that's like.. just full," Schley said. "I'm thankful, just so thankful you know... You can't express it unless you be there. I'm thankful. I can't even put it into words, my heart, I'm just thankful that he is safe and God covered him and, and, I was thankful."

Reed added, "I'm just glad to be out of the school. I'm ready to go home, I'm just happy."

There will be counselors for students and faculty at Carver when classes resume, Tuesday.

Police believe the shooting was the result of an on-going dispute between the two involved parties.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Winston Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.

WFMY News 2, Winston-Salem Police Department

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