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Bullying kicked fatal shooting at NC high school, police say

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By Minyvonne Burke

Bullying and a fight over the weekend led to a high school student in Matthews, North Carolina, shooting and killing his classmate in the hallway Monday morning before classes, police said.

The shooter, 16, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder after he allegedly opened four on Bobby McKeithen, also 16. [19659009] McKeithen was rushed to the hospital where he died from his injuries, the Matthews Police Department said.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Dr. Clayton Wilcox declined during a news conference Monday afternoon to elaborate further who was being bullied.

Captain Stason Tyrrell told reporters that the shooter, who is not being named by NBC News because of his age, and McKeithen got into an altercation over the weekend and the incident carried over to school.

The shooting happened around 7:15 am ET in a crowded hallway outside of the cafeteria at Butler High School in Matthews.

A school resource officer was the first on the scene and found McKeithen suffering from gunshot wounds. A teacher in the school was able to alert officers that they were with the shooter and he was ready to surrender and admit what he’d done.

The shooter was in custody about seven minutes after the first 911 call came in, police said.

“We are incredibly saddened that we had a loss of life on one of our campuses,” Wilcox said. “And what makes it doubly worse is that it was one of our students who was the shooter.”

North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson said in a statement on Facebook that he was “heartbroken” about the shooting.

“We have contacted Charlotte-Mecklenburg authorities and will assist in any way we can, but of course our first thoughts are for the The safety of our students is paramount, “he said.” This is a sad day for all of North Carolina, and we must work together as a community to address these problems. “

The school was on lockdown as a result of the shooting, and s tudents were told to stay in their classrooms. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools later issued a statement on Facebook saying the lockdown was lifted and there was no immediate danger on campus.

Wilcox said classes were canceled on Tuesday.

Associated Press contributed.

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