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N. Charleston student discovered with self-inflicted gunshot wound to the leg after 'pop' heard in classroom

Source: Tom Wickel Source: Tom Wickel
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Officers say a North Charleston High School student was discovered with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the leg after a teacher heard a 'pop' sound inside a classroom.

The North Charleston Police Department says officers responded to the school shortly after 1 p.m. for an incident that took place in a classroom. 

Officers say a teacher told them that they heard a "pop" sound coming from inside of the classroom and began to walk around the room to determine what the sound may have been.  

A report by NCPD states at that time, the teacher smelled the odor of what was believed to be gun powder and instructed students to exit the classroom.

According to police, moments later a male student was seen walking down East Montague Avenue and was approached by officers and detained.  

"At that point, officers discovered the student was suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg," said NCPD spokesman Spencer Pryor. "Emergency officials examined the wound and determined that it was consistent with being self-inflicted."

The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment.

A handgun was discovered in a parking lot near the school.

Viewers reported several police officers and emergency crews on East Montague Avenue at 1:30 p.m. 

A NCHS alumni said something needs to be done safety wise to try and keep incidents like this from happening.

"Nothing like this happened. We had fights and everything but now it's getting really intense," Noah Brown said. "Safety wise, I don't want to think about metal detectors and pat downs in schools. But in this day and age I think it's necessary."

The Charleston County School District released a statement regarding the incident. The school district said:

"North Charleston Police responded to an incident on the campus of North Charleston High School (NCHS) around 1:20 p.m. this afternoon. A student allegedly suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a classroom after a weapon they possessed accidentally discharged.

NCHS was immediately placed on lockdown while law enforcement and district officials responded to the situation.  The lockdown was lifted just prior to the end of the school day, and students were allowed to dismiss at the regularly scheduled time.

The student, per federal law and the Charleston County School District (CCSD) code of conduct, can be expelled for no less than 365 days for this action.

NCHS and CCSD officials take this matter seriously, and a proper and thorough review of this incident and safety procedures will be conducted."

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