The Boone Police Division tweeted that its officers had been helping the Watauga County Sheriff’s Places of work throughout an ongoing standoff close to the Mount Vernon Baptist Church Tuesday afternoon. Blowing Rock police had been additionally on scene, in addition to state police and SWAT operators.
Authorities issued a shelter in place order for the group round Hardaman Circle, about 115 miles northwest of Charlotte.
Authorities mentioned an ongoing standoff in Browns Chapel space prompted the lockdown after officers arrived following reviews home-owner and his household had been absent from work and weren’t answering the cellphone, in keeping with Fox 46 Charlotte.
When the deputies arrived, they discovered all the household’s automobiles exterior. They went in and an unidentified shooter opened fireplace, putting two of them, police mentioned.
A medical helicopter took off at about 1 p.m., carrying one sufferer to the Johnson Metropolis Medical Middle. The deputies’ circumstances weren’t instantly out there.
Residents had been warned to shut and lock their doorways and home windows and shelter inside.
Video from the scene confirmed that police had blocked off Chapel Hills Highway and had been staging within the church parking zone as they labored to safe the realm.
The close by Mount Vernon college additionally ordered a lockdown, though dad and mom had been allowed to choose up their kids.
Police mentioned they evacuated close by residents and surrounded the house. The standoff was nonetheless energetic as of four p.m.