Suspect in custody after shooting, manhunt near hospital

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A shooting across from Wilson Medical Center placed the hospital, a nearby school and area businesses on high alert Tuesday afternoon as police scoured the area for a suspect.

Police were called to Wilson Medical Center at 2:55 p.m. and a woman told officers a man had who was parked in a lot across from the 1705 S. Tarboro St. hospital had shot her, Sgt. Steve Stroud said. She ran to the hospital for help and told police the shooter ran away.

Officers detained a male suspect in connection with the shooting. His name was not released Tuesday evening because police were still investigating the incident.

Stroud said the shooting victim was taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville for emergency care. Her identity and condition were unavailable at press time.

Police ordered a lockdown for "all businesses and schools in the area" while officers searched for the suspected shooter, Stroud said.

Wilson Medical Center and all its entities were on lockdown for less than an hour Tuesday afternoon. The security protocol was initiated shortly after 3 p.m. and was lifted around 3:53 p.m., according to hospital officials. 

Vinson-Bynum Elementary School was on lockdown for a few minutes during dismissal, according to Amber Lynch, public relations director for Wilson County Schools. Police officers were sent to the school to assist when dismissal resumed.

During the police search, officers found a green four-door passenger car in a parking lot just west of the Wilson Medical Plaza and across Tarboro Street from the hospital's main entrance. Police established a perimeter with yellow crime tape at the entrance to the parking are where the vehicle was found. The driver's door was open as several police officers peered, under and around the vehicle.

A K-9 unit with one dog was brought in and appeared to take up a track north from the parking lot in the vicinity of other medical offices nearby. Two members of the Wilson Police Department's forensics team were seen taking part in the investigation. 

Stroud credited information "gained from the victim and witnesses" with the suspect's arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.

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