Lockdowns lifted at Greenville schools following nearby shooting that injured two people

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Several Greenville schools were placed on modified lockdown after a shooting late this morning on Norcott Circle.

J.H. Rose High School and South Greenville Elementary School were put on lockdown because of their close proximity to the shooting.

Pitt County Schools tells us that the lockdowns at both schools were lifted around 11:57.

Deputy Chief of Police Chris Ivey said that both schools followed the correct protocol.

“We have processes in place for those types of situations and they went off today just like they were supposed to,” Ivey said. “The school went into lockdown. When there was no longer any danger, they were released from their modified lockdown.”

The shooting is right behind the high school and about a block from the elementary school.

Greenville police said it happened around 11:30 a.m. after two people got into a dispute and may have struggled over a gun.

Two people were taken to ECU Health Medical Center for gunshot injuries to their legs. Those injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, according to a police department spokesperson.

Ivey said the investigation is underway and that any kind of violence is unacceptable.

“We concentrate very heavily on gun violence, and it will not be tolerated,” Ivey said. “We will put every resource available anytime we have gunshots and especially when we have victims of gun violence in the city.”

Detectives believe the shooting only involved the two people injured.

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