Deputies continue increased patrols at Pitt County schools Frid - WSPA.com

Deputies continue increased patrols at Pitt County schools Friday

Posted: Updated:
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Pitt County students will see more security at their schools on Thursday and Friday.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office is placing extra deputies on campuses after D.H. Conley High School went on lockdown after someone fired shots near the school.

"They need not come to any schools in Pitt County because we're going to be around," Lt. Kip Gaskins of the Pitt County Sheriff's Office said. "We have a place for them to stay, and it's called the Pitt County Detention Center."

Lt. Gaskins said the increased patrols have been received warmly by teachers and students.

"Make sure they know that we're behind them," Lt. Gaskins said. "We're going to protect them and do everything we can to keep the kids safe."
     
Deputies located 3 shell casings across from D.H. Conley. Investigators say the incident took place near the school but are still searching for those responsible. 

For about 20 minutes, administrators put D.H. Conley high school under wraps. Around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, students say they heard gunshots from inside.

“All of a sudden, I heard a couple shots and then all the teachers were running out of the office and screaming and telling us to go back and we were in lockdown,” said Storm Davis, student.

Deputies say when they got to the scene, they found 3 shell casings. Witnesses say it came from a car driving near the intersection of Tull and Worthington roads.

"I heard and she also heard 5 shots,” said Jerry, who lives nearby. “Bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, right? Consecutive shots."

Coincidently, the school practiced a lockdown earlier in the day, which parents were notified about. Students say they thought this incident was part of the drill.

"I heard fire, I heard fight, I heard gunman, I heard knife man, I heard Spider-man I heard everything,” a student told 9 On Your Side. “And then, we had one this morning, so I thought, maybe, it's just another practice."

But it was no practice. Deputies canvassed the scene, looking for the suspects witnesses described.

"Witnesses say a gold colored Suburban model headed in the way of Worthington's Crossing, believed to be occupied by two subjects," said Sheriff Neil Elks, Pitt County.

Deputies found two males in Winterville matching the description and were taken in for questioning and have since been released. The Sheriff's Office spokeswoman says there was "not enough to hold them."

The Sheriff's Office promises to get to the bottom of the incident.

"The sheriff has devoted all available resources at this time, although the information is still limited and under investigation,” said Sgt. Cameron Coburn, Pitt County Sheriff's Office. “We will devote whatever time that needs to be until the matter is resolved."

If you have any information you are urged to call Crime Stopper at 758-7777.
  • Mugshots

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Thursday, July 10 2014 8:01 PM EDT2014-07-11 00:01:10 GMT
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
  • Greenville "Superblock" to bring $200 million to city tax base

    Greenville "Superblock" to bring $200 million to city tax base

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:49 PM EDT2014-07-23 01:49:54 GMT
    As the first of several new businesses open in Greenville's "Superblock," local business owners are expecting the project to bring jobs and millions to the city's tax base.
    As the first of several new businesses open in Greenville's "Superblock," local business owners are expecting the project to bring jobs and millions to the city's tax base.
  • June Mugshots - Northeast Tennessee

    June Mugshots - Northeast Tennessee

    Thursday, July 10 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-07-10 21:30:26 GMT
    Gregory A. DarnellGregory A. Darnell
    The following are mugshots of individuals arrested on a variety of charges in June by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee.
    The following are mugshots of individuals arrested on a variety of charges in June by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee.

Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.