The decision to lock down Young Howard Elementary, Cumberland Road Elementary and Massey Hill High School was made after police responded to shots that were fired in the Massey Hill subdivision in Fayetteville. Another school and office building bolted their doors on their own.
"Whether it is overreacting or underreacting, we would much rather overreact than underreact," said school security supervisor Jimmy Black said.
The schools were placed on Code Yellow, which meant the doors were locked internally. Outdoor activities were cancelled before students were dismissed at their regular times.
"I felt a little scared because I didn't know what was happening," student Dexter Edge said.
"It really worried me. You know. It scares me -- this environment, people shooting," parent Tiffany King said.
Authorities say one person was apprehended. They are still looking for two others.