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Larry Alexander Leverette

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Police said a shooting suspect escaped UNC Hospital after being injured in a Southern Pines shootout on Friday afternoon.

WTVD reported that Larry Alexander Leverette had been airlifted to the trauma center at UNC Hospital immediately following the shooting.

Police said he was shot four times and also returned fire at another suspect.

Authorities said Leverette had outstanding warrants for his arrest and was under supervision of the UNC Police Department while being treated for his injuries.

The station reported that Leverette eluded UNC police and fled the hospital property at around 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Leverette is described as a 21-year-old black male with dreadlocks. He stands 5’10” and weighs around 300 pounds. Police said he has three gunshot wounds in his torso and one in his left bicep.

Leverette may have left Chapel Hill in a red Jeep Grand Cherokee which was recovered at the Southern Pines shooting scene on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Police said they found Leverette on Friday with a weapon on Coats Street around 1:30 p.m. They said a second victim also had several gunshot wounds and was taken to Moore County Regional Hospital.

Police said they believe Leverette and the other shooting victim knew each other. They said two semi-automatic handguns have been recovered.

Crews responded to a fire at an apartment on Richards Street around 10 p.m. Friday that was considered to be part of the crime scene. Investigators said they are working to determine the cause of the fire.

Anyone with any information on the suspect’s whereabouts can call 911. Police said the suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

Source: WTVD.