GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Shots fired on homecoming weekend at North Carolina A&T State University prompted a brief campus lockdown after a 21-year-old man was wounded by a bullet fired from a “considerable distance,” authorities said.
Greensboro Police Department said in overnight statements that “one or more” suspects fired shots in a grassy area near McCain Hall on campus about 10 p.m. Saturday and one of the rounds struck 21-year-old Devine Eatmon. Authorities said they were seeking four suspects believed armed with handguns.
Eatmon appeared to have serious, but non-life-threatening wounds when he was found on a sidewalk and taken by paramedics to a hospital, according to the police statement released by Police Lieut. J.L. Raines.
The statement didn’t elaborate on just how far Eatmon was from where the round was fired that hit him, or whether anyone had been deliberately targeted.
Police issued a subsequent statement early Sunday saying they had given an incorrect spelling of Eatmon’s first and last names hours earlier and said the error was due to limited information available to them at the time.
Greensboro and campus police initially responded to the site and a lockdown was ordered. The university’s website announced about an hour later that the lockdown had been lifted, but had encouraged students “for increased safety” to stay indoors after it was over.
The university tweeted on its website that campus police subsequently had gone on “visible” and “high alert.”