WAKE FOREST, N.C. — Students who witnessed a fight at a Wake County high school Wednesday said a teenager pulled out what appeared to be a gun and pistol whipped two students, sending one to the hospital, police said.
Minutes after classes ended Wednesday afternoon, students said a fight involving four students erupted outside Wake Forest-Rolesville High School.
School officials said the fight started when two students ganged up on one student and then another teenager jumped into the fight and pulled out an object.
Witnesses said the object may have been a gun. Some witnesses also said the object could have been a pipe or a shoe.
On Wednesday afternoon, Wake Forest police detained students for questioning while police dogs searched the school campus for a possible weapon. They continued to search for a weapon Wednesday night.
"We were told that the object the young man was hit with was a gun," Wake Forest Police Chief Greg Harrington said. "Right now, we don't have any proof of that, other than several witnesses have said it was a gun."
WRAL spoke with one of the students who was involved in the fight and struck in the head by the object. He said he thought the object was a gun.
He was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.
Wake County school officials said a total of four students were involved in the fight, and most, if not all, of the students would face disciplinary action from the school district and possible criminal charges.
One of the students involved in the fight was placed in police custody Wednesday, investigators said.