HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Police are working to figure out the motive behind a shootout at an extended-stay hotel in High Point on Monday afternoon.
High Point police say the situation started as an argument between "several people" that got out of control. They say at least two people were shooting back and forth inside the InTown Suites on North Main Street.
One person was shot in the arm and is expected to recover. He was taken to the hospital in handcuffs. Police say a second person is in custody and they've identified additional people they want to question.
Dozens of officers, firefighters and emergency vehicles spent hours outside the hotel Monday afternoon.
Police told FOX8 when the call first came in, they believed it to be an "active shooting" situation. Police conducted a precautionary sweep through the parking lot and three floors of the hotel to look for any additional crime scenes, evidence or victims.
We talked to several people who heard the gun shots Monday afternoon, including 19-year-old Reggie Bagley Jr., who was in the hotel with his family when the shooting started.
"We heard shots fired, 'Pow, pow pow,'" he said. "Like seven shots, at least seven to eight shots. So my dad and my mom got down to the ground. Isaiah, my little brother, threw me to the ground just to make sure we were straight, and that's when I called 911."
Police told FOX8 multiple shots were fired, but they haven't confirmed the exact number. They also found multiple guns in the hotel, but they wouldn't say what kind or who they belong to.
People who live at the extended-stay hotel, including Bagley's family, are still shaken up.
"For me, to see this right now, I'm still in shock," he said.
Baley's father, Reggie Bagley Sr., says his family's experienced violence in High Point before.
"This is the reason why we're in this hotel room and the reason why a lot of people are in this hotel room, because stuff like that's happening in High Point," he said.
It's why Bagley Sr. says he doesn't feel like he can keep his family safe here.
"I'm scared to stay in High Point. I mean it's really frightening. I'm ready to just move," he said.
We asked Bagley Jr. if he was scared to back into the InTown Suites while police were still investigation.
"Basically," he said. "I don't want to look at the bad memories, like flashbacks."
But moving isn't an option for this family right now.
"We're just here to get back on our feet," Bagley Jr. said.
Until then, this father and son want to see the community find better ways to work out their problems without resorting to violence.
"I would like to say, you know, if we can come together, as one, and try to help one another out, in any kind of way we can," Bagley Sr. said.