SHELBY, N.C. - Officers had to duck for cover while responding to a shooting early Monday morning in Shelby after they said bullets started flying at them.
Investigators said the shooting happened around 1 a.m. on Lincoln Street and one person was shot in the leg.
A short time later, police spotted a car involved in the shooting on Suttle Street, between Business 74 and Highway 18, not far from the shooting scene.
When they tried to stop the silver Camry, three people inside got out and ran. One of them fired at least one shot at officers with a rifle and police returned fire.
Neither the officers or suspect were hurt.
"That’s terrible,” resident Ray Homesley said. “I mean, they shoot at police, they'll shoot at anybody."
The suspect dropped the rifle, and police also found a handgun not far away.
"One, as he came out of the car, turned around and had a rifle and he shot it at the officers," Police Chief Jeff Ledford said.
The suspects are still at large.
Ledford said his goal is to make sure that it doesn't become the norm again.
"We have come too far in that neighborhood and the community members have come too far to let it slip back," Ledford said.
Anyone who can help police find them is asked to contact Capt. Steve Seate or Lt. Scott Champion at (704) 484-6845 or CrimeStoppers at (704) 484-8477. Callers may remain anonymous.
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