Two teens were shot late Wednesday at Catawba College in Salisbury during a high school basketball tournament game, according to the Salisbury Police Department.
It happened around 8 p.m., police say, after a fight broke out in the lobby of the Goodwin Gymnasium.
“The status of the victims’ injuries are unknown at this time,” Salisbury police said in a news release. “One juvenile was taken to Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Hospital (in Winston-Salem), while the second victim was taken to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.”
The condition of the victims was not immediately known.
A little after the time of the shooting, Catawba College had told people to shelter-in-place for anyone who was on campus.
That order lasted for a little over two hours, and at 10:42 p.m., the college tweeted and said that Salisbury Police wanted college residents to remain in their buildings until 6 a.m. and avoid the area around the gym
The shooting happened at halftime of the North Rowan-West Rowan boys’ basketball game.
It was the last of seven boys’ and girls’ games played at Catawba’s Goodman Gym, in the semifinals of the annual Sam Moir Holiday Classic.
The game was not completed, and the Salisbury-Rowan County Schools announced late Wednesday that the rest of the tournament had been canceled. The event was to have finished Thursday.
‘A senseless act’
Both of the victims were males, and Rowan County emergency communications said a 13-year-old was one of the victims.
Authorities said the shooting followed a fight that broke out near the concession stand at halftime.
About 400 people were in the gym at the time of the shooting, police said.
“It is clearly a senseless act to be firing, particularly in the atmosphere those shots were fired in, at some young people,” Salisbury Police Chief Jerry Stokes told WBTV, the Observer’s news partner. “These are underage kids, attending a basketball game for their high school, and it was completely unnecessary.”
“We are going to do our best to determine who the shooter is and hold them accountable,” Stokes added.