School locked down after shots fire nearby

By Sarah Willets

November 18, 2013

LUMBERTON — Tanglewood Elementary was put on lock-down on Monday after shots were fired in the surrounding area. No one at the school was hurt, according to Lumberton police.

According to Capt. Terry Parker, city police received a call at 1:16 p.m. that shots had been fired from a truck near the school, which is located on West 29th Street, beside Southeastern Regional Medical Center. Parker said someone in the truck was chasing and firing shots at another vehicle.

Police then received a call from someone who said that an unidentified individual may have entered the school, but a search of the building by police came up empty.

Shell casings were found near the school, said Parker, but no one at the school was hit.

According to Parker, school administrators “did a good job locking down,” and by 2:30 p.m. the lock-down was lifted.

According to Tasha Oxendine, a spokesperson for the Public Schools of Robeson County, during a lock-down, doors are locked at the affected school and no one is allowed to enter the building.

“At no time was there any threat on campus,” Oxendine said.

Oxendine said there would be “an increased police presence” at the elementary school this morning.