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18-year-old suspect in Forsyth Tech shooting appears in court

By DaVonté McKenith

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    Winston-Salem (WXII) — An 18-year-old accused of a shooting at Forsyth Tech Thursday morning appeared in court.

Shannon Howard James Pitts, who’s a Winston-Salem Preparatory student, is charged with two counts of having a weapon of educational property. He’s also charged with having a concealed gun.

Winston-Salem police said Pitts shot himself in the hand at the Strickland Center on campus shortly after 10 a.m. He was on campus as part of the Focus program for graduating seniors. The shooting prompted a lockdown on campus. Classes are canceled Friday at Forsyth Tech.

Pitts was captured leaving the courtroom with his mother. He was appointed a public defender, and his next court date is set for April 13.

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