RALEIGH — Police say three people were shot Thursday afternoon just southeast of downtown and theyre looking for the shooter, who took off on foot.
Three public schools were ordered on lockdown following the shooting, but an official said there are no indications that school personnel or students were among the shooting victims. All three were taken to WakeMed with what police said were not life-threatening injuries.
The shootings happened about 2:20 p.m. near the intersection of Tipton and Coleman streets, three blocks east of Ligon Middle School, said Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue. Police cordoned off three blocks just west of Rock Quarry Road, as detectives and investigators from the City-County Bureau of Identification looked for evidence.
Police say the suspected shooter was described as a black man in his late teens to early 20s who stands about 6 feet tall and weighs about 185 pounds. He was wearing a white jacket with some type of black writing or graphics on it and was last seen fleeing on foot toward Rock Quarry Road.
Volunteers were sorting clothing at the Helping Hand Mission on Rock Quarry when they heard a series of gunshots, said executive director Sylvia Wiggins.
I heard five or six shots, she said. All I heard was pop, pop, pop. Then I heard somebody screaming and somebody hollering.
Wiggins and the workers looked up and saw two men running toward the mission; one fell at Coleman and Tipton streets, Wiggins said, and the other got inside. He appeared to be bleeding from the leg.
There was blood all over his pants, Wiggins said. He was tearing at his pants, like he was tearing his pants off. It was a bloody scene. The other one fell out there in the street.
School officials ordered the lockdown of Ligon Middle School at 706 E. Lenoir St., Carnage Middle School at 1425 Carnage Drive, and Hunter Elementary at 1018 E. Davie St., said public schools spokeswoman Renee McCoy. The lockdowns were lifted less than an hour later.
The neighborhood is made up of an assortment of small bungalows and hardscrabble yards on narrow streets. Wiggins and neighbors who stood in their yards after the shooting described the neighborhood as riddled with drugs, gang activity and routine gunfire, especially late at night.