A police detective whose car was hit on South Street when bullets were fired in a possible ambush this week told other officers rushing to the area that he heard 15 to 20 shots, police radio traffic shows.
"Are you hurt?" a dispatcher asked the officer, whose identity has not been disclosed by police since the incident late Wednesday morning.
"Negative. My car's been hit, though," he radioed back from his unmarked vehicle.
"All officers responding to the area be careful. It appeared to be an ambush," the detective advised colleagues.
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Police flooded the area, trying to find witnesses who might have seen the shooters, and one officer reported finding spent shell casings in a South Street intersection.
The detective said the shots came from behind his car.
"I could hear them hitting my car in the back," he said.
Police said after the incident that they found one bullet had struck the police vehicle.
The shots came from a car on Bond Street, they said, and they were looking for a gray sedan, possibly a Nissan, occupied by two black men wearing blue and black jackets.
One witness told police a car leaving the area might have been a Honda.
Police asked anyone with information about the shooting to contact Investigator K. Emanuel at 919-560-4415, ext. 29306, or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.
CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.