CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Police are investigating a shooting at a high school basketball tournament Wednesday night at Catawba College in Salisbury.
Police said two minors were shot at the Sam Moir Christmas Tournament, a basketball event involving schools from Rowan County.
The shooting happened during the break of West Rowan and North Rowan.
Officials said it started around 6 p.m. 20.10 with a fight near the concession stand in the lobby of Goodman Gymnasium before shots were fired.
Police said at least one person opened fire.
Police said one minor was flown to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center while the other was taken to Rowan County Regional Medical Center. Their condition is unknown.
“It’s definitely a pointless act to shoot, especially in the atmosphere in which those shots were fired at some young people,” Salisbury Police Chief Jerry Stokes said. “These are underage kids taking part in a basketball game for their high school and it was completely unnecessary. We will do our best to determine who the shooter is and hold them accountable.”
Police said they have not identified a shooter or made any arrests.
Officials said there were more than 400 people attending the basketball game.
“Basically, everyone ran to the gym to seek coverage and stampeded each other,” said Shamar Smith, who participated in the tournament. “We were told to stay there until it was handled. I know someone was shot. The police handled it and we are told to sit in the gym and wait.”
Catawba College issued an on-site shelter for those on campus. That shelter-in-place has been lifted.
‘It’s scary to be such a closed place with shots. It’s a Christmas tournament, ”Smith said. “I’ve been coming all my life and I’ve never had a problem like this. It was scary and shocking at the same time.”
Rowan-Salisbury Schools announced that the rest of the basketball tournament was canceled.
SBI is also investigating the shooting.
The school district issued a statement:
“Tonight, during the Sam Moir Basketball Tournament held at Catawba College, shots were fired and two people were injured. This case is currently under investigation by law enforcement and the rest of the Sam Moir tournament has been canceled.
“We take the safety of our children very seriously and we will continue to work on law enforcement to do what is necessary to keep our students and staff safe. Thank you for your patience as there are still many unanswered questions regarding this case , until law enforcement completes their investigation. “
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