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Washington: A student was shot and killed Wednesday at a high school in North Carolina, police in the southern US state said.

Police were dispatched to Mount Tabor High School in Winston-Salem in the middle of the school day, department chief Catrina Thompson said during a press conference.

Officers found one student who had been shot who was then transported to a local hospital, where he "succumbed to his injuries," Thompson said in tears.

After a year of largely remote learning due to the pandemic, US students returning to in-person school this month face a renewed risk of mass shootings, which have plagued the American education system for years.

Wednesday's shooting was already the second at a North Carolina high school just this week.

Such incidents are reported by local media but often fail to garner national headlines when relatively few students are involved - it can seem that only a massacre, such as the 2018 shooting that saw 17 students killed in Parkland, Florida, is remarkable enough to amass wider attention.

Winston-Salem police said on Twitter they had apprehended the shooting suspect, whom Thompson had said was believed to be another student, "without incident."

The suspect had initially fled the scene.