Winston-Salem, NC – A city employee opened fire at a municipal building on Friday morning and killed one city employee, wounded another, and shot a police officer twice.
A city employee told WXII that he was in the break room inside of the Joycelyn V. Johnson Municipal Services Center on Lowery Street when the shooting began at about 6:45 a.m. on Dec. 20.
Police responded to the scene and found a shooter on the west side of the building, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.
The gunman opened fire on police and an officer was shot twice.
Police returned fire and killed the man who was shooting at them, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.
Then police went inside the municipal building and found one employee fatally shot and another seriously wounded.
The wounded employee was transported to the hospital and was in the intensive care unit, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.
A source has identified the wounded officer as Winston-Salem Police Sergeant Stewart Sloan, WGHP reported.
The source said the sergeant was shot in the leg and the abdomen, although police have not released any details about his wounds or his condition.
Winston-Salem Assistant Police Chief William Penn Jr. called the situation “stable” but refused to give any other details.
Winston-Salem City Manager Lee Garrity released a statement that express condolences to the victims and their families, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.
"It is my sad duty to tell you that we had a workplace shooting this morning involving employees at Lowery Street," Garrity wrote. "We are withholding further information until we can confirm the details. I have asked the heads of the field departments to ensure their employees are aware of this incident."
"I cannot express adequately how saddening it is to have something like this happen within our city family,” the city manager’s statement continued. “Please keep these employees involved in this incident, and their families, in your thoughts and prayers. The city’s EAP program is standing by to provide counseling services… Rumors are flying, but in the interest of making sure we only provide confirmed information, this is all I can say for now. I will provide an update later today."
A city sanitation worker told WGHP that he heard gunfire as he was arriving to work.
Herbert Martinez said he hid in a ditch with other employees and called his family.
“They said, 'Just start calling the police,' and then next thing I hear is gunshots, so I went down to the ditch that was there, staying away from the gunshots," Martinez told WGHP.
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