by: Alexa Ashwell Updated:
STATESVILLE, N.C. - The Iredell County sheriff said a husband was shot by his estranged wife Tuesday afternoon on the campus of Central Elementary School near Statesville.
His estranged wife, whose name has not been released, was being interviewed by authorities. No charges had been filed as of Wednesday afternoon.
The Iredell County Sheriff identified the husband Wednesday as Michael Andrew Callicutt, 33. Officials said he was in critical condition.
The shooting happened around 2:45 p.m. and officials said the woman went into the school for help afterwards.
Investigators said the couple has a child in the third grade at the school and they had come to pick the child up. Officials said it appears the shooting happened inside the couple's truck.
The husband was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
The sheriff told Channel 9 there was no record of any domestic-related calls related to the family.
Students at the school were not involved and not injured, according to officials. Authorities estimated close to 70 students were still on scene for after school activities.
Principal Diana Jones immediately placed the school in lockdown and implemented the Safe School Plan.
The sheriff said in a news conference that the principal of the school stayed with the woman after she fled to the school, kept her in an office and tried to calm her down until law enforcement arrived on scene.
The incident happened around 30 minutes after school let out for the day.
The superintendent said as soon as they got the scene secure they called parents to pick up their kids.
“I didn't know whether they would come through the classroom. I thought about all the school shootings and I didn't know what to do. I didn't know if we were going to get out of there or if it was a drill but that woman came back and said it was real,” parent Sheena Keith said.
Officials said the person of interest is cooperating with the investigation.
Officials said they will have a contingency of counselors to work with the staff and kids on campus Wednesday and reassure them everything is OK. School will return to normal.
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