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4 sought in shooting at NC A&T

Posted November 2, 2013
Updated November 3, 2013

The NC A&T homecoming celebration was marred Saturday by gunshots.

— 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 Moses H. Cone Memorial 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."

Taylor Brunner was quoted by The Greensboro News & Record as saying she heard several shots.

"The shooting started. I turned around and a lot of people were running," said Brunner, described as a freshman university student by the paper.

The university's website said a week of events for students and alumni led up to a homecoming parade, football game and homecoming concert earlier Saturday.

Traffic was rerouted in the immediate area after the shooting, police said. News photographs later showed law enforcement officers standing about a site cordoned off by yellow tape.

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  • Ohyoupeople Nov 4, 11:15 a.m.

    "Do you honestly believe that these kids obtained their firearms legally? These guys are the reason we need to have guns, but leave it to the liberals to want to "protect" us by making it to where only the bad guys can get guns. No thanks, I'll protect myself and you can go get shot by the criminals."

    I AGREE thatdudeg. Some people just don't get.

  • icdumbpeople Nov 4, 11:05 a.m.

    You want to ban guns from the citizens that obey the laws. I want to ban these people from having children. Which one of these two do you think would solve this problem?

  • pat7 Nov 4, 10:45 a.m.

    Its not guns .Its people that are the problem CWMLLC1952

  • thatdudeg Nov 4, 10:21 a.m.

    "More guns sure are paying off. I feel safer already." - cwmllc1952

    Do you honestly believe that these kids obtained their firearms legally? These guys are the reason we need to have guns, but leave it to the liberals to want to "protect" us by making it to where only the bad guys can get guns. No thanks, I'll protect myself and you can go get shot by the criminals.

  • cwmllc1952 Nov 4, 8:58 a.m.

    More guns sure are paying off. I feel safer already.