Gunman sought after two shot outside North Carolina courthouse

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 28, 2014 12:35 PM

WINSTON-SALEM N.C. (Reuters) - Police searched for a gunman after two men were shot and wounded on Tuesday in front of a courthouse in Nash County, North Carolina, authorities said.

The conditions of the wounded men, who were taken to a hospital, were not immediately known, Nashville Police Chief Thomas Bashore said. The gunman was last seen running toward a wooded area northwest of the courthouse, he said.

"We still have hopes that we will find him," Bashore said. "There are a number of places to the northwest that somebody could have picked him up and gone wherever."

The motive for the shooting, which occurred shortly after 11 a.m. time, was unclear but it did not appear to be a random act, Bashore said.

Buildings near the courthouse in Nashville, about 50 miles northeast of Raleigh, were briefly locked down after the shooting but have since been allowed to reopen, Bashore said.

State, county and local law enforcement were involved in the search for the suspect, Bashore said.

(Reporting by Colleen Jenkins and Jonathan Kaminsky; Editing by Bill Trott)