POLICE: Two men injured in shooting that caused school lockdowns are brothers

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Greenville police say that the two men involved in Wednesday’s shooting that caused a lockdown at two Greenville schools are brothers.

According to police 18-year-old Zaeshaun Blount and 19-year-old Taeshaun Blount got into a dispute around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday and were struggling over a gun on Norcott Circle when the shooting happened.

Police say that both men 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.

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

Pitt County Schools said that the lockdowns at both schools were lifted just before noon.

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.

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 said they believe the shooting only involved the two people injured and that as of Thursday night had not determined if the shooting was accidental and that the investigation was still ongoing.

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