CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV/AP) – A teen from Charlotte has been identified as the victim in a shooting at Winston-Salem State University. Another person was injured, school officials say.
The slaying victim was 19-year-old Anthony White Jr., a second-year student from Charlotte, according to campus and Winston-Salem police.
The injured victim has not been identified, but was treated and released from the hospital.
White was studying information technology and though he was an accomplished football player at Belton-Honea Path High School in Honea Path, South Carolina, about 130 miles west of Charlotte
His mother, Xavier Martin of Charlotte, said her son wanted to focus on his studies rather than try for a spot on the college team, his mother added.
“He went academically because he wanted to do sciences, and the football schedule wouldn’t allow him” to do both, Martin said. White worked during holiday and summer breaks from college with his uncle’s landscaping business or doing handyman jobs, she said.
The university says the shooting happened at about 1:20 a.m. Sunday on Campus. The campus was placed on lockdown from 1:30 to 4:50 a.m.
Russell Blackston said he coached White when he was a high school football player at Belton-Honea Path High School.
He said White went to high school in the Charlotte area before transferring to Belton-Honea Path. Blackston spoke to WBTV in a phone interview Sunday night.
“He was just a fine young man. (It’s) so sad,” said Blackston.
He said White was a great football player and even set school records. He said White played both offense and defense and truly cared for his teammates.
“He was an unbelievable kid to coach. He’s every coach’s dream,” said Blackston.
The coach said White was a great kid and explained that he doesn’t know why the shooting happened.
“He’s gone, but he’ll never be forgotten,” said Blackston.
WFMY reports that police are searching for Jarrett Jerome Moore as a person of interest in the case. Police do not think Moore is a student at the university.
The Associated Press contributed to this report