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Student, 16, is shot, wounded at Salisbury High

By Elisabeth Arriero
earriero@charlotteobserver.com
Dajaun Lamont Russell
- Rowan County Sheriff's Office
Dajaun Lamont Russell

A Rowan County teenager is in jail after a student was shot on the Salisbury High School campus after classes dismissed Monday. Police believe the shooting, which occurred near the school gymnasium, was related to a weekend altercation.

The victim, ninth-grader Shaleek Williams, 16, was treated at a local hospital and released hours later.

Late Monday, Salisbury police arrested Dajaun Lamont Russell, 17, in connection with the shooting. Williams is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm on school property and discharging a weapon on school property and is in the Rowan County jail under a $250,000 bond. He is expected to make a first court appearance Tuesday.

Authorities initially said they had leads on two suspects, but have not identified a second assailant. The suspects were not current students at the school, police said.

Police said they would have a strong presence at the school Tuesday.

In a statement Monday, police detailed what happened after school dismissed:

About 2:41 p.m. Monday, Salisbury police responded to the school, at 500 Lincolnton Road, because of a report of a shooting, authorities said.

There was a confrontation between two groups, including some Salisbury High students, police said.

During the confrontation, police said Williams was struck in the face by a fist and then shot in the abdomen. Two suspects ran from the area.

Williams was taken by private vehicle to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center in Salisbury. Williams' mother told the Salisbury Post that doctors said the bullet did not strike any of Shaleek's vital organs. He also sustained a fractured rib, the paper reported.

After the shooting, the school was placed on lockdown, as was Livingstone College on West Monroe Street.

The high school’s principal, in a recorded message to parents, said the school will continue to take “all necessary measures” to ensure that the school remains safe for all students, the Salisbury Post reported. Staff writers Cleve R. Wootson Jr. and April Bethea and the Associated Press contributed.

Arriero: 704-358-5945; Twitter: @earriero
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