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Woman shot in Durham prompts brief lockdown at school

Posted January 8, 2018 4:09 p.m. EST
Updated January 8, 2018 6:04 p.m. EST

A woman was injured Monday after she was shot in the face near a former middle school that prompted the lockdown of a nearby elementary school.

The shooting happened shortly before 3 p.m. in the 600 block of East Umstead Street around 3 p.m. Authorities placed W.G. Pearson Magnet Elementary School, located about two miles away at 3501 Fayetteville Street, on lockdown as a precaution. The order was lifted a short time later.

A witness saw the woman holding her face after the shooting. She was rushed to a local hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to her jaw. Her condition and identity were not immediately released.

Police have not yet provided any information on a suspect.

Several officers responded to the scene and crime scene tape cordoned off a large part of the area while police investigated the shooting.

The middle school was empty while crews work to renovate the campus, so no students were in the building when the shooting occurred.