Duke University’s medical center was locked down for more than an hour Wednesday afternoon after a car that police were chasing crashed in front of the hospital.
Police arrested two of four people they said were in the car.
Witnesses saw one of the quartet running away from the hospital, according to a press release from Duke. School officials did not think the man was still on Duke property, allowing them to lift the lockdown.
Administrators described the at-large suspect as a black man who weighs about 240 pounds. He was last seen wearing black clothing and a black hooded sweatshirt.
The incident began with a shooting call in the 3800 block of Dearborn Drive just before 2:30 p.m., said Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael. Officers were given a description of the suspects’ car and spotted one matching that description on North Roxboro Road near Club Boulevard, Michael reported.
An officer tried to stop the car, but the driver refused to stop and turned on to Club Boulevard. Officers followed the car on Club to Hillandale Drive, Michael reported.
The driver then turned south on Hillandale, and the car collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Erwin Road and Fulton Street in front of Duke Hospital. The hospital was placed on lockdown immediately. Police quickly arrested three of the suspects and recovered a handgun from the scene, Duke officials reported.
Along with the damage in front of the hospital, police said a house and a vehicle were damaged by gunfire on Dearborn Drive. No one was injured by gunfire, Michael reported.
Duke Police issued a DukeALERT notice about 2:50 p.m. Wednesday to notify the Duke community of the situation. The all-clear was issued just after 4 p.m., shortly after the suspects were in custody.
The two charged were Nicholas Javon Banks, 20, and Larry Kirkland, 18. Police had detained a third person during the manhunt, but he was not charged.
Banks and Kirkland were both charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling, felony conspiracy, injury to personal property and possession of a stolen vehicle.
Kirkland alone was charged with felony and misdemeanor hit and run, fleeing to elude authorities and stealing a vehicle. The charges indicate that police believed he was driving the car.
Each was held in lieu of $500,000 bail.