11:23 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Shooting Confirmed at Carver High School: Students & Parents Comfort Each Other

BREAKING NEWS:  Authorities have confirmed a shooting at a Winston-Salem high school and that a suspect is in custody. Winston-Salem-Forsyth County Schools spokesman Theo Helm says the shooting occurred at Carver High School, which is on the city's northeast side.

Parents and family members of Carver H.S. students rushed to the school on Friday after news spread about a shooting on campus. Tyler Hamilton, 16, seeks comfort from his mother Donna McKinney outside of the school's recreation center.
Credit Keri Brown

The shooting occurred around 2:30 p.m., slightly more than an hour before classes would have been dismissed for the day. WFDD's Keri Brown is at the school and describes the scene.

4:04 p.m.

It's an emotional scene at Carver High School in Winston-Salem.

Update - 5:04 p.m.

We are following a developing story at Carver High School, where police have confirmed a shooting on school grounds. WFDD's Keri Brown is at the school, where a press conference is expected shortly. 

More details: A school resource officer reacted quickly to the shooter.

 Update 10:50 p.m.

Police say two students were involved in a shooting Friday afternoon at Carver High School in Winston-Salem. Police say one of the students is in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and the other is in police custody.

The shooting took place outside on school grounds. More than 700 students attend Carver High School. Police say several of them were outside when the shooting occurred because of a routine fire drill.

Amari Crowell, 14, is a freshman at Carver. He says he can’t shake what he saw.

“The first time I thought somebody had popped a lighter and I saw the smoke. Everybody started looking around and then I heard a second shot and saw smoke and I started running behind one of my football teammates,” says Crowell.

Students inside the school also reported chaos.

Police say after the shooting, the suspect,  Christopher Lamont Richardson, 18,  was taken into custody by school resource officer Tim Wilson without incident. The injured student was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. 

Richardson is charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm on school property, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and discharging a firearm within city limits.

Richardson’s bond was set at $50,000. His court date is scheduled for Sept. 26.

The victim, Antwain Deshaun Porter, 15, was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Carver high school was placed on lockdown for more than two hours and as a safety precaution, the high school football game was canceled. Crisis counselors will be at the school when classes resume on Tuesday.

Student recounts bone-chilling sounds from the shooting at Carver High School.