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Shots fired into vehicles near Enloe High

Posted May 22, 2009 8:42 a.m. EDT
Updated May 22, 2009 5:52 p.m. EDT

— Raleigh police searched Friday for those responsible for firing at least three shots into vehicles near Enloe High School.

Reports of gunshots along Bertie Drive and Culpepper Lane, behind the school at 128 Clarendon Crescent, came in shortly after 7 a.m. – around the time the school day was starting.

No one was injured.

Administrators rushed students into buildings when they heard gunshots, but classes started on time, and the school was not put on lockdown, said Mike Evans, a spokesman for the Wake County Public School System.

Police said the shooting involved a group of people who quickly fled the area. Some left on foot, and others were seen in vehicles heading north, police said.

Investigators were pursuing those leads Friday morning, and K-9 units searched the area. Police said Friday afternoon that progess was being made in the case.

Although some students park along the street, police described the shooting as "a community incident" that is unrelated to the school or students.

Junior Kenan Krim said many students are numb to shootings like Friday's because of several crimes within the past six months.

"I think we're pretty used to it, actually," he said. "Stuff that's related to this has happened a couple times already this year. I'm kind of used to it."

In December, two men with a gun robbed a 16-year-old student walking to school along Bertie Drive. Moments later, also on Bertie Drive, two men with a knife pushed a 14-year-old student to the ground.

In January, an assistant principal was mugged as she got out of her vehicle in a campus parking lot.

Raleigh police have stepped up patrols in the area since the crimes, but City Councilman Russ Stephenson said more might need to be done.

"It's a big concern to have any kind of gang activity in neighborhoods," Stephenson said. "We'll be taking that very seriously."

Police have not said whether any of the crimes have been gang-involved. Residents in the neighborhood said they are concerned.

"It seems like the community is changing a little bit," Iantha Green said. "That concerns me. Anytime you hear (gun) shots, that's not good."