A 17-year-old was shot in the leg Thursday morning near Quail Corners Shopping Center on Park Road, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.
Police were called to the location just before 8 a.m. and found a 17-year-old male, Ashton White, with a serious gunshot wound in the leg. White told police he did not know the person who shot him. He was taken to the hospital but his life is not considered in danger, according to police.
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Thursday afternoon police charged White with possessing marijuana paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. They said the shooting remains under investigation, with no arrests.
The incident, which happened 45 minutes after South Mecklenburg High started classes, led to an all-day lockdown and cancellation of after-school activities at South Meck, Quail Hollow Middle School and Smithfield Elementary, all near the scene of the incident.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools declined to say whether the shooting victim was a student or whether any other students were at the scene. “CMS is unable to provide student enrollment information as per Board policy and Federal Student Privacy Act,” said a statement from CMS spokesperson Renee McCoy.
TV station WSOC quoted a South Meck freshman as saying the victim was a fellow student who had said immediately after the shooting that he had shot himself accidentally.
CMS referred further questions about the incident to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. CMPD spokesman Keith Trietley said police don’t have a list of CMS students so won’t be able to confirm whether White is a student. “We are increasing patrols in the area and working with CMS Police,” Trietley said.
Charlotte Catholic High School on Johnston Road, about 2 miles from the scene, locked its doors for about half an hour after the shooting was reported. Principal Kurt Telford said no Charlotte Catholic students were involved, and the heightened security was a precaution in case a suspect was being chased and ended up near the school.