Gardner-Webb University Locked Down for Hours After Shootout on Campus

The search is on for a second suspect in a shooting on the campus of Gardner-Webb University Wednesday.

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. -- The search is on for a second suspect in connection with a shootout on the campus of Gardner-Webb University Wednesday night. 

Campus police chief Barry Johnson said two people were shooting at each other with three additional people inside a suspect vehicle. According to Johnson, none of the five people involved are current students at Gardner-Webb. 

The incident prompted an immediate lockdown of the campus, with students being notified immediately.

One person, who remains unidentified, was taken into custody following the shootout. Police said they did not find any drugs or additional weapons while searching that person. 

University officials told NBC Charlotte that things are back to normal for Thursday with all classes on a normal schedule. The university's president, Frank Bonner, said the campus was placed on "shelter-in-place" lockdown for hours. Bonner said the motive for the shooting is unknown.

One student said he saw a person with a gun, which led to the 911 call. 

"Whenever I looked out the window and saw a person holding a gun, pointing a shooting it toward the building I was in, I was just in a little bit of disbelief," the student said. "Thankfully, I had the wherewithal to call (911), but it was freaky for sure. Still a little shaken up, I guess."

Police said no one was injured during the shooting. No motive has been released by police. 

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