Police are searching for a suspect they believed shot and killed a woman at the Cameron Village development in Raleigh, N.C., which caused 14 area schools to be go into lockdown.
The suspect, believed to be in his early 40s and wearing khaki pants and a dark-colored shirt, allegedly shot the unidentified woman around 9:30 a.m. Monday in the 400 block of Daniels Street in Cameron Village, WRAL reported. He was described as being 5-foot-9 and weighing about 220 pounds.
Anyone with information on the Cameron Village shooting is urged to call Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP, according to Triangle News 14, which has video footage of the scene.
Triangle News 14 reporter Julie Fertig said details of the shooting are unclear.
"There's been an extremely heavy police presence here," she said, as a cameraman panned to a parking lot filled with police vehicles.
Fertig said she observed officers on foot who could have been chasing a suspect, but details are sketchy at this time.
In the Raleigh area, 14 schools were under lockdown, according to WRAL. They are:
- Broughton high
- Daniels middle
- East Cary middle
- Exploris middle
- Hope elementary
- Lacy elementary
- Martin middle
- Morrisville elementary
- Olds elementary
- Partnership elementary
- Raleigh Charter
- St. Mary's
- Underwood Magnet
- Wiley elementary
Kelly Mitchell, the parent of a Broughton student affected by the lockdown, said the shooting was a shock to those who live in and around Cameron Village.
"Cameron Village is the safest place in the world," Mitchell told Triangle News 14. "It's where you'd start your kids out ... drop them off by themselves when they're 12 and 13 so they learn how to be by themselves. It's that safe. You just don't worry about anything and I'm sorry that incident happened this morning but I'm grateful that it was not during lunch when the Broughton kids infiltrate the shopping center."
The shooting caused "Cameron Village" to trend in the Raleigh area Monday morning on Twitter.
Twitter user Alayna Bolyard said she was "praying for the victim and her family of the cameron village shooting and hoping they catch the shooter soon."
Twitter user Bryan Long complained that the media was more helpful in getting information about the incident than his child's school, which was under lockdown.
"Just saw that my kids' school is on lockdown b/c of Cameron Village shooting," Long said. "Did I get that info from the school? No, from @wral."