Suspect in North Carolina courthouse shooting released

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Posted: Oct 29, 2014 12:52 PM

(Reuters) - A man arrested on suspicion of shooting and wounding two people in front of the Nash County courthouse in North Carolina has been released from custody, authorities said on Wednesday.

It was not clear whether Ontarious Montre Lewis, 23, initially identified by authorities as the gunman, was still considered a suspect in the shooting on Tuesday that left two men in critical condition.

Lewis was released after having been questioned, authorities said in a statement.

The shooting victims remained critical in an area hospital. Donte'a Evans was hit in the leg and hand, and Lamar Ricks was struck in the back, authorities said.

Authorities said they were still seeking a second suspect in the incident, identified as Demond Levar Morris, 36, who they have said may have been an accomplice. A $3,000 reward is being offered for tips leading to arrests and convictions in the case.

The shooting occurred in Nashville, North Carolina, about 50 miles northeast of Raleigh, shortly after 11 a.m. EDT on Tuesday. One man opened fire on the two victims before fleeing, and the incident did not appear to be a random act, Police Chief Thomas Bashore said on Tuesday.

Officials with the Nashville Police Department and the Nash County Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky in New Orleans; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Jeffrey Benkoe)