Officers with the Leland Police Department are investigating a shooting that happened Wednesday morning near North Brunswick High School. (Source: WECT)
Leland PD are searching for two male suspects in connection to the shooting. (Source: WECT)
LELAND, NC (WECT) -
Officials with the Leland Police Department are looking for two male suspects in connection to a student being shot Wednesday morning near North Brunswick High School on Basin Street.
According to Lt. Humphries with the Leland PD, the suspects were driving a gold sedan at the time of the incident.
911 calls from the mother reveal she learned her son was shot, by him calling to tell her.
"My son had just called me and told me he was shot near North Brunswick High School," she said. "But one of his friends put in him in the car and they bringing him to the hospital so they told me to call and made a report of it."
The 911 calls also revealed the teen suffered a gunshot wound to his arm. He has since been treated at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and released.
Leland police officers, with the assistance of the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, arrived on the scene around 10 a.m.
According to Swencki, 45 minutes had passed before law enforcement received the first indication there had been a shooting.
"Based on recommendations from law enforcement, our school did not go into lockdown because our campus was not compromised and most importantly our students and staff were safe," Principal Sheila Grady wrote in an email that went out to parents. "We are confident that law enforcement officials will conduct a thorough investigation of the incident."
Swencki did confirm the victim is a North Brunswick High School student.
Officials are expected to release more information once they complete a follow-up interview with the victim.
Students and Parents React
NBHS student Josh Garcia said students had no idea what was going on, but learned about the shooting through text messages from his friends.
"It's near the school, and we might be in danger and they haven't really told us anything about it," explained Garcia who wanted to stay at the school, but had to go home because he has early release.
Several parents also said they had no idea this happened until they saw reports on the midday newscast.
Becky Jacobs has three children at North Brunswick High School and lives very close to the school. She said she was fearful that one of her children could have been the victim.
"They should let parents know more what's going on and lock down the school when stuff like this happens," Jacobs said passionately. "You know, I can't find out what my kids doing all the time, they could have walked off campus and it could have been them. I wouldn't never known. I was trying to find out what was going on, but I couldn't find out."
School officials notified parents of the incident a little before 1 p.m.
Jacobs said the school should have been put on lockdown as a precaution and notified parents earlier.