A student was shot Friday morning in a crowded cafeteria at Southside High School, Greenville School District officials confirmed on Friday morning.
The incident occurred before school started, said Southside student Claudio Davila-Gonzalez. He said he was seated a few feet from the victim when the incident occurred. The victim was taken to the school nurse initially, then transported by EMS, he said.
After the gunshot, "everybody started freaking out," Davila-Gonzalez said. "We thought it was like they were playing around, but then he started bleeding for real."
After the shot was fired, "One guy got up and then the other guy got up and he was holding his stomach and I think he was bleeding so the other guy helped him out."
Davila-Gonzalez said he was about seven feet away from the incident at an adjacent table.
There is no active search for a suspect, and there is no threat to the area, the School District reported. At 9:55 a.m. district officials said students would return to class shortly, but they are working on a plan for parents to pick up their children. The district said earlier it would tell parents as soon as possible when they can pick up students.
Kadejdra Klugh was in a line of cars waiting to get to the school: "My daughter is scared. Help me get my daughter. Why are they holding my kids hostage? They are scared, and they need their mother."
Kitina Jamison said her son called her and said someone is shooting in the school.
"Worst thing a parent wants to hear," Jamison said.
According to scanner reports, the Sheriff's Office was releasing deputies from the scene who are not assigned to a specific task. Some witnesses also were being taken to the Law Enforcement Center for questioning, according to scanner reports.
Both Southside High and Thomas E. Kerns Elementary are on lockdown following the incident. The student is conscious and with the school nurse and principal, according to a news release.
Deputy Drew Pinciaro said only one shooter is known at this time.
Southside High School is at 6630 Frontage Road off Interstate 85, between Augusta and White Horse roads in Greenville. The school has 807 students, according to the Greenville schools’ website. The school was awarded the 2015 Greenville County Schools High School Safety Award that focuses on prevention of employee and student injuries.
Southside is home to the district’s International Baccalaureate program.
We will have more details as they become available.
(Greenville News staff Lauren Petracca, Rick Brundrett, Anna Lee and Nathaniel Cary contributed to this report.)