Student shot after argument at North Carolina high school
Police officer at a crime scene (Shutterstock.com)

An argument between two male students outside a North Carolina high school on Tuesday ended with one of them shooting the other before classes began, police said.


Police received a call about shots fired at Albemarle High School at 7:40 a.m. EDT and arrived to find a student shot in the lower extremities, said William Halliburton, the police chief in Albemarle, about 40 miles northeast of Charlotte.

The suspected shooter, who was not identified, surrendered to police, Halliburton said.

The shooting occurred in a courtyard outside the school's front entrance, and police recovered the handgun that was used, according to Halliburton.

"There was an argument or some type of altercation that led up to it," he said.

Halliburton and school officials had no information about the victim's condition. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The school was put on lockdown immediately after the shooting. Students were later evacuated and sent home for the day.

(Reporting by Colleen Jenkins in Winston-Salem, N.C.; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)