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1 dead, 1 hurt in Winston-Salem State University shooting

Posted November 1, 2015 6:52 a.m. EST
Updated November 1, 2015 8:04 p.m. EST

— A 19-year-old from Charlotte was killed and another person was injured early Sunday in a shooting at Winston-Salem State University, school officials said.

The shooting happened at about 1:20 a.m. Sunday in the area of Lot W, near Wilson Hall and Gleason-Hairston Terrace. School officials placed the campus on lockdown from 1:30 to 4:50 a.m.

"Something just didn't feel right and we were driving onto campus and I saw the alarms and I had got the text message alert," said one student. "I mean, I was just shocked. I just couldn't believe it. I thought this week we would end homecoming good, even though we lost the game, but I was just shocked."

Campus officials identified the victim in the shooting as Anthony White Jr., a WSSU sophomore. The person injured in the shooting has not been identified, but officials said the person was treated and released from a local hospital.

White was studying information technology and though he was an accomplished high school football player, he wanted to focus on his studies rather than try for a spot on the college's team, his mother said.

"He went academically because he wanted to do sciences, and the football schedule wouldn't allow him" to do both, said Xavier Martin of Charlotte.

White worked during holiday and summer breaks from college with his uncle's landscaping business or doing handyman jobs, she said.

Martin said she didn't know whether her son's plans Saturday evening included festivities related to the school's homecoming weekend or a Halloween party.

"I don't know anything" about how he spent his final hours, she said.

WFMY reports that police are searching for Jarrett Jerome Moore, who is being called a person of interest in the case. Police do not believe Moore is a student at the university.

Winston-Salem Police and WSSU Police are investigating the incident. Anyone with information about the shooting should call Winston-Salem Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.

Winston-Salem State was founded in 1892 and touts itself as being one of the first historically black colleges to grant elementary education teaching degrees in 1925. The school, part of the public University of North Carolina system, is known for strengths in education and health sciences instruction.