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News Conference Discusses Shooting At Carver High School In Winston-Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Police and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools held a news conference Monday to discuss a shooting that happened at Carver High School on Friday.

Winston-Salem Police Chief Rountree, Superintendent Dr. Emory and Carver High School Principal Ronald Travis were among the speakers.

Rountree said the shooting was an isolated incident and that their investigation shows there was a history of disputes between the shooter and the victim; both are students enrolled at Carver High School.

Emory thanked faculty, staff and police for their involvement after the shooting. She said school employees are trained for these situations and again thanked police for setting up the system they used.

Travis echoed Rountree and Emory's statements that Carver High School is a safe place. He said that he doesn't want any child to feel unsafe. He added, "We do not serve a student body here that needs to be patrolled with armed guards."

Friday's football game against RJ Reynolds High School is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday. Rountree said they will have an increased security presence.

There will be crisis teams in place at Carver High School on Tuesday; classes will proceed as scheduled.

Friday, a student at Carver High School was shot by another student as everyone was going back inside after a planned fire drill near the end of the school day, according to police. The student who was shot was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. 

Travis said the student who was shot is a football player and is recovering at home.

Police arrested and charged Christopher Lamont Richardson Jr. with Carrying a Concealed Weapon, Possession of Firearm on School Property, Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury and Discharging a Firearm within City Limits.

Investigators said Richardson taken into custody immediately after the shooting by the school's resource officer, Tim Wilson.

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