(UPDATE): The suspect in the incident earlier today at North Mecklenburg High School has been transferred to an area juvenile detention facility and charged with the following:

Possession of a Handgun by a Minor

Possession of Firearm on School Campus

Carry Concealed Weapon

Alter/Remove Serial Number on Firearm

Resist, Delay, Obstruct

HUNTERSVILLE – This morning at 9:15 a.m. the school resource officer at North Mecklenburg High School received information from CMPD that a 15-year-old student on the campus may be in possession of a handgun, according to a press release from the Huntersville Police Department.

The resource officer and school personnel made contact with the student outside a classroom.

While the SRO was talking to the student, the student turned and ran.

At that time the SRO called for assistance.

As a precaution, North Mecklenburg High School, Blythe Elementary School and Alexander Middle School were placed on lockdown.

After a foot chase on the campus the suspect, a juvenile, was apprehended in the wooded area across the street from the high school.

A semi-automatic handgun was located.

The juvenile was transported to the Huntersville Police Department and the investigation is ongoing at this time.

Anyone with information concerning this crime, or anyone requesting more information, should contact Lt. Kevin Johnston at 704-464-5400.