HERTFORD — Police were searching for a suspect in the shooting of a man in Hertford on Monday.
Hertford police said the suspect shot a man multiple times near the tennis courts on King Street about 1:32 p.m.
The suspect then fled the scene, leading Hertford police and Perquimans sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase through Hertford and onto U.S. Highway 17 North, toward Pasquotank County. The only description of the vehicle released so far is that it was black.
Law enforcement officials said they suspended their chase of the vehicle after vehicle speeds became a danger to public safety. Pasquotank Sheriff Tommy Wooten said his department was not involved in the chase.
Meanwhile, the man who was shot was transported to Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in Elizabeth City and then airlifted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where law enforcement said he was in satisfactory condition Monday evening.
Police have not yet released the name of the shooting victim, who they said is in his 20s.
The shooting incident on King Street prompted a temporary lockdown of two Perquimans County schools. Both Perquimans High School and Hertford Grammar School were placed on a modified lockdown and school resource officers were stationed at both schools, school officials said.
The lockdown was lifted at 2:20 p.m. and student departures proceeded as normal. School district employees provided escorts to students who use King Street to get home.
“We appreciate the support of our school resource officers and the Perquimans County Sheriff’s Office as well as the students, faculty and staff for following all procedures and protocols to ensure the safety of our students and campuses,” Perquimans County Schools Superintendent Tanya Turner said.
Perquimans Emergency Services asked anyone with information about the incident to call 426-5751.