Search for gunman underway after shots fired outside Lawrence Orr Elementary School

- The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is actively searching for a suspect who they say fired shots at another person while they were leaving a Charlotte elementary school Monday morning. 

The shooting happened about 100 yards away from Lawrence Orr Elementary School in the 4800 block of Shamrock Drive at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24. The incident forced the school to go into lockdown. 

According to police, the suspect got out of his vehicle prior to 'drop off' time at the school and waited. As the intended target was exiting the school parking lot onto Shamrock Drive, that's when the suspect started firing shots at the victim. 

The victim crashed into an innocent bystander and fled the scene, police said. About 45 minutes after the shooting, the victim called police to inform them what happened. 

Luckily, no one was injured during this incident, police said. 

CMPD believes the suspect and victim know each other. The lockdown was lifted at Lawrence Orr Elementary School about an hour and a half after the shooting. 

Message sent by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to parents: 

"Good morning Lawrence Orr families, this is Principal Vaught with important information. Safety and security is important to me. This morning during arrival time we went on lockdown due to police activity on the street out in front of the school.

Police are investigating reports of shots being fired. Everyone at Orr is safe and no one was injured. This did not involve anyone from the school. I will keep you updated with any further information when it becomes available. Thank you for your involvement with your child’s education at Orr."

Check back for updates on this developing story. 

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