CHARLOTTE (WBTV) — Authorities say a 21-year-old former student has been charged with murder in the shooting death of student and the wounding of another near dormitories on the Winston-Salem State University campus.
Capt. Catrina Thompson said at a news conference that Jarrett Jerome Moore was charged with murder in the death of 19-year-old Anthony White Jr. of Charlotte, who was killed early Sunday.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say they arrested Moore and he is being held in the Mecklenburg County jail.
Police didn’t release the name of the wounded student, who was treated at a hospital and released Sunday.
The shooting was reported about 1:20 a.m. Sunday at a parking lot near two dormitories. The campus was locked down for more than three hours before the warnings against venturing outdoors were lifted at 4:50 a.m.
Whenever a shooting or homicide happens on a historically black college campus, students at HBCU’s as they’re called feel impacted by the crime.
Otha Chavis is a Johnson C. Smith University Student.
He said, “It does because a lot of people tend to know that person or they may not know that person, and oh that could have been me.”
Students at Charlotte’s Johnson C. Smith University know that level of frustration all too well, because earlier this year one student was wounded on the Smith campus.
Damien Johnson runs the No Grease Barbershop in the college’s mosaic village, and feels places of learning mirror every day society.
“The violence that we see not only on our campuses, but in our communities is the new normal, and it’s just spilling into our education systems now,” Johnson said.
Dr. Patrick Graham who heads up the Urban League of Central Carolinas says in some instances crime from the neighborhood can spill on to campus, and that meaningful lessons have to be carried out beyond the classroom.
Graham told WBTV, “We’re gonna have to have some real deep conversations with students about life skills and other things that are also important to them surviving as young black males.”
Here in North Carolina, three students have been shot at black colleges since the start of the 2015 class year, and at Savannah State College and Texas Southern University both HBCU’s students have died from gun violence.
Those enrolled at JCSU say they feel connected to the hardships of others.
Zania Cornelius is a JCSU Student who says she can relate.
“We’re all HBCU’s. So we feel like we go through the same things.”
We have asked for statistics from both the UNC system and the North Carolina Department of Justice regarding gun violence on college campuses around the state.
So far neither organization has responded to our request.