There comes some startling news that has come in this morning about a school in lockdown after gunshots were heard in an elementary school parking lot. At this time, we are asking our readers to keep everyone in your thoughts and prayers as the police investigate the issue.
Villa Heights Elementary School in northeast Charlotte, North Carolina was placed on lockdown Thursday morning after sounds of a gunshot rang from the school’s parking lot. According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police department, they received a 9-1-1 call reporting an altercation between a mother and her ex-boyfriend.
A mother told authorities that she was dropping off her children at the elementary school Thursday morning when a man, who she had a previous relationship with, opened fire on her. He pulled out his gun near Everett Place, the same road the school is on, and started firing at her.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools said that they placed the school on lockdown at around 8:30 a.m. and the school is still currently on lockdown. School officials will inform parents with the lockdown is lifted.
The shooter fled the scene and they are currently looking for the suspect, according to newscaster Blaine Tolison.
“BREAKING @TV64 8am @MBarberWSOC9 is getting info on a shooting in the parking lot of Villa Heights Elem. No one hurt and shooting not involving anyone associated with the school, but police are looking for the shooter.”
Police say that no one was injured by the shooting, but a nearby home was struck by one stray bullet. This is a developing story, and there is no further information available at this time.
The school lockdown has been lifted, according to police.