Shots fired in armed robbery near a school bus stop

Shots fired in armed robbery near a school bus stop

JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY - Police said they are looking for a gunman who robbed a man and fired shots in a Jacksonville neighborhood Friday afternoon. School children were not allowed off a nearby school bus stop for their safety, according to parents.

Grandmother, Margaret Williams received a message from school officials that her grand children wouldn't be getting home from school on their own.

"Telling me that the kids couldn't get off the bus at home because there was a breach at the school," Williams said.

The armed robbery happened near a school bus stop as well as a couple blocks from Clyde Erwin Elementary.

According to Beth Purcell of the Jacksonville Department of Public Safety, the armed robbery happened at about 2:20 p.m. Friday on Eastwood Drive near Starling Street. The male victim was walking behind some duplexes when the gunman robbed him, Purcell said.

Williams said now that school is out for the summer she's going make sure her grand children come home from playing outside before it gets dark.

"They got to be in early. I don't feel safe for them to be out because somebody is out at large and they could get hurt," Williams said.

Although shots were fired, the victim was not hurt., said police. It was unclear what was stolen.

Police said they used K-9 units to search for the robber in the nearby woods. But at last check, no arrest was made.

Anyone with information is asked to call Jacksonville Police at 910-455-4000 or Crimestoppers at 910-938-3273.

Earlier this month, another shooting happened in the same neighborhood as Friday's robbery. Jacksonville Police said someone fire shots into a vehicle in the parking lot of the Jack Amyette Recreation Center on South Drive.

A person was inside the vehicle during the shooting, but that person only suffered minor injuries from broken glass, according to investigators. At last check, no arrest was made in that case.

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