LAURINBURG, N.C. (WBTW) – A 15-year-old boy is facing a murder charge in the shooting death of another teenager on Sunday in Laurinburg, police said.

Police found Zimeck Berry, a 17-year-old junior who attended Scotland High School, unresponsive with gunshot wounds after responding about 3:30 p.m. to a report of a shooting on Phritz Street, Laurinburg police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

When officers arrived to investigate on Sunday, they reported seeing a crowd running toward the victim’s location.

The 15-year-old was taken into custody on Monday and was being held in a juvenile facility, police said.

“The Laurinburg Police Department would like to thank the public for the information which led to the arrest and send our condolences to the family of Zimek Berry,” police said in a news release. 

Scotland County Schools released a statement about the incident on Monday.

“Safety is one of our core values and a measurement of society’s protection of our most vulnerable gift-our children,” Superintendent Takeda LeGrand said. “The passing of Zimeck is a reminder that we must do more to keep our children safe.” 

Grief counselors were available Monday on campus for students and staff members.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Laurinburg Police Department Detective Division at 910-276-3211 or Scotland Crimestoppers at 910-266-8146.

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