Parkland High School was placed on lockdown after the school closed as a precaution.
A lockdown at Parkland High School on Friday afternoon has since been lifted after a call for gunfire near the school, officials said.
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and the Winston-Salem Police Department are investigating after gunfire was reported following a 4 p.m. call.
The sheriff’s office said no one was injured at 4:45 p.m. on Friday.
According to Winston-Salem Police, as police were about to respond to an ongoing brawl, another call came in about a possible shooting at Parkland Park.
“At this time, officers are unable to determine whether the fight involved students. No injuries have been reported,” Winston-Salem police said. “A vehicle was damaged by gunfire. Since the incident occurred during the dismissal of the school, Parkland High School has been placed on lockdown.”
According to Forsyth County Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough, one person fired several shots and started shooting children outside the school.
Officials said shots were fired at Parkland High School from the tree line as students left the building on Friday. School resources officers (SROs) and the school administration immediately returned the children to safety inside the building, according to lawmakers.
Kimbrough said a whole team of investigators were in the area and it was not known if the person was linked to Parkland.
Investigators said detectives lost the suspect on foot. MPs confirmed there was a strong presence of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and Winston-Salem Police in the area to ensure the area is safe and secure.
Sheriff’s deputies said there was no harm to the general public at 5 p.m. Friday, but the suspect is still at large.
According to investigators, the K9 unit is holding a lead for the suspect with the help of investigators and several officers.
A spokesperson for Winston-Salem / Forsyth County Schools confirmed gunshots could be heard in the area.
“Please note that Parkland High School is no longer in community lockdown. We have no incident reports on the Parkland High School campus. All students and staff on our campus are safe, ”a spokesperson for Forsyth County Schools said in an email. “Those students who were laying off campus when the lockdown was called can now leave. Buses that were prevented from leaving campus due to the lockdown are restarting. “
Officials said there was a shooting in the area, not on campus.
Officials say the school was closed as a precaution, although the school has already been closed for the day.
“How safe do we want our schools to be at any given time, I need the resources to make sure schools are safe for students,” Kimbrough said. “The community should know that the sheriff’s office will do everything possible to keep the children safe and will find the person responsible for this incident. We continue to work 24/7 to keep our community safe. “
MPs said the students had reunited with their relatives.
This is a developing story. Stay with WFMY for the latest updates.