The shooting prompted the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools District to put Butler High School in Matthews on lockdown.
The perpetrator, also a student at the school, was apprehended and the weapon was seized by law enforcement, the Matthews Police Department said in a statement.
The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital. The victim’s exact condition is not yet known.
BREAKING: Heavy police presence on the campus of Butler High School in Matthews after shooting. Shooter is in custody, victim is at the hospital for treatment. Dozens of worried parents are also on scene. pic.twitter.com/pznG1KXX77
— Ruby Durham WCNC (@RubyElizDurham) October 29, 2018
BUTLER HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING: Text messages from a student inside Butler High.
Police confirm a student shot another student at Butler High School.
— NBC Charlotte (@wcnc) October 29, 2018
Parents of students were being alerted through phone calls and law enforcement officers had secured the campus and launched an investigation.
“No persons will be allowed on to the Butler HS campus until the lockdown has been lifted,” the district said in a statement, which was released around 8 a.m.
CMS ALERT: Butler High School is on lockdown after a student was shot on campus this morning. The single shooter has been apprehended and the weapon is in the possession of law enforcement.
— CMS Media Relations (@CMS_MR) October 29, 2018
We have responded to a shooting at Butler High School this morning. There is one student that has been shot that was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries at this time. Another student has been taken… https://t.co/WxefrZeWod
— matthewspolice (@matthewspolice) October 29, 2018
One student texted their mother, who showed the texts to local broadcaster WCNC.
“Mom on god [sic] somebody in here with a gun,” the student wrote. “We all running for lives. I never ran so fast mom oh my god.”
The student said he or she ran to another classroom and hid and noted that someone had been shot.
“It’s not a drill,” the student said.
— Brandon Earl Smith (@BrandonFox46) October 29, 2018
Students told me they were in the cafeteria when they got word of the shooting at Butler High.
One girl told me she texted her mom, who told her to run. She and other students ran from the school to this parking lot.
One student shot, the shooter is in custody. pic.twitter.com/9gHyK2uumJ
— Kristin Leigh (@KristinWSOC9) October 29, 2018
The messages began at 7:14 a.m.
Another student told WSOC that they were in the cafeteria when they got word of the shooting.
After texting her mother, the female student said she started running.
They made it out to the parking lot, where they were met by law enforcement.