WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – A 15-year-old student is facing an attempted murder charge after he allegedly shot another student following a fight at New Hanover High School on Monday.
According to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Chance Deablo has been taken into custody Monday afternoon. He’s been charged with:
Attempted first-degree murder
Assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury
Bringing a weapon onto school grounds
Discharging a weapon on school grounds
The injured student was taken to the hospital for treatment. Sheriff Ed McMahon said he believes the student’s injuries are not life-threatening.
According to the sheriff, the shooting took place after an argument and fight on a catwalk between buildings at the school shortly after 11 a.m.
“We’re not going to tolerate this kind of behavior in our school system,” McMahon said at a news briefing Monday.
On Monday, a video was quickly circulating on social media of a fight that was purportedly connected to the shooting. Toward the end of the video, three gunshots can be heard. WECT has not been able to confirm the fight in the video and the shooting are connected.
“We were lucky today,” Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said. “I saw that video and to see a person take matters into their own hands and start shooting a gun in a crowded school is unfathomable. We’re not going to tolerate it.
“This culture of retaliation has got to stop. We’re going to use all of our resources to make sure it stops.”