The Latest: Authorities identify high school shooting victim

MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at a North Carolina high school (all times local):

4:50 p.m.

Police have identified the North Carolina high school student who authorities say was fatally shot by a fellow student just before classes began.

Matthews Police Department Capt. Stason Tyrrell said at a news conference that 16-year-old Bobby McKeithen was shot Monday and died at a local hospital. McKeithen was a 10th-grader at Butler High School in Matthews, southeast of Charlotte.

Tyrrell said 16-year-old ninth-grader Jatwan Craig Cuffie is charged with first-degree murder. He is charged as an adult and is being held in the Mecklenburg County jail.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox said the shooting appears to have stemmed from a case of bullying “that escalated out of control.” Neither Wilcox nor Tyrrell said which student was being bullied.

Wilcox said classes at the high school have been canceled for Tuesday.

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10:55 a.m.

North Carolina police say a male student shot by another student at a high school has died.

Capt. Stason Tyrrell of the Matthews Police Department announced the news late Monday morning. Officials said earlier in the day that the Butler High School student had been brought to a hospital in critical condition.

Tyrrell didn’t release the victim’s age or identity but referred to the student as a male.

Tyrrell said a fight inside the school led to the shooting. The suspect, also a student, is in custody.

A lockdown was lifted at the school Monday morning and parents were allowed to pick up their children.

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9:45 a.m.

North Carolina police say a student shot by a fellow student at a high school is in critical condition.

The Matthews Police issued an update on the student’s condition Monday morning as the lockdown was lifted at Butler High School in Matthews, southeast of Charlotte. Police say the suspect is in custody and authorities have secured the campus.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools issued a statement that a lockdown was lifted and that families could come to the school’s main entrance to pick up students. The statement added that classes will continue for students who remain on campus.

Dozens of parents gathered outside of the school to wait to see their children.

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9:30 a.m.

Authorities say a student shot and wounded another student at a North Carolina high school before being arrested.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools issued a statement saying the student was shot Monday morning at Butler High School in Matthews, about 12 miles (19 kms) southeast of Charlotte. The Matthews Police Department said the student was taken to a hospital but couldn’t provide information on the injuries.

The police statement said the suspect was also a student. Investigators have the weapon used. Police believe the shooting was an “isolated incident,” and authorities have secured campus. The school district said there is no further danger.

Dozens of parents gathered outside of the school of about 2,000 students to wait. Lockdown was apparently lifted around 9:15 a.m., and students streamed out, many crying and hugging parents.

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