A suspected gunman is in custody as police still search for a second suspect after the shooting of two men outside a rural North Carolina courthouse Tuesday.
Gunfire broke out sometime before noon in front of the Nash County Courthouse, about 45 miles northeast of Raleigh in the agricultural town of Nashville.
The condition of the victims is unknown, though one was on a stretcher and speaking to authorities, Sheriff Dick Jenkins told WNCN-TV.
The courthouse was put on lockdown after the breakout of violence and people streamed out of the building once the gunfire erupted, witnesses said.
“I heard what appeared to be gunshots – lots of gunshots,” Marie Hinkle, who works across the street, told WRAL-TV.“There was a man down on the side street next to the courthouse. People ran out from the courthouse. They were screaming.”
One man ran inside the building and collapsed with wounds to his hand and leg, while the second ran down the street and was discovered with a back wound, authorities said.
Both were taken to Nash General Hospital and are expected to survive, Jenkins said.
Two men fled the scene in a white car, though cops are unsure if there was one or two gunmen.
Jenkins said police have nabbed one suspect whose name they have not released,ABC11 reported.
“We got him,” Jenkins said. “We’re still looking for the accomplice.”
Video from the scene show police using dogs to track a scent in nearby woods.
The shootings were “not a random act” and the victims were most likely targeted, Nashville Police Chief Thomas Bashor said.
Neither victim worked at the courthouse, according to police.
Four or five bullet casings were found at the scene, Jenkins said.
After the shooting, nearby schools and government administration buildings were locked down. The buildings were later opened.
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