Police respond to shooting in downtown Greensboro

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Authorities are looking for a suspect in what police believe was a targeted shooting in downtown Greensboro on Monday morning.

“People may be concerned with safety for the area. What we have gained so far, we believe the situation was isolated to the people that were involved here, we don’t think this was a random incident,” said Capt. Nathaniel Davis, with the Greensboro Police Department.

Greensboro police and Guilford County sheriff's deputies responded to a report that someone shot a gun at the intersection of Federal Place and Washington Street at 11:50 a.m. Monday.

The shooting took place near a parking lot between the Guilford County Courthouse, located at 201 S. Eugene St., and the Greensboro Police Department, located at 100 E. Police Plaza.

At the scene, police found one victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital, according to police.

Cynthia Stachowski is a retired officer with the Greensboro Police Department. She was parked in the lot when her SUV was struck by a bullet which shattered the back window.

“Initially I was a bit agitated, but my second feeling was thankful that I wasn’t out there,” she said. "Because I’m known to get in my vehicle, lock it down and get on my phone or something. So I’m thankful I didn’t get injured accidentally.”

Police believe the suspect drove away from the scene in an unknown direction.

Davis said following the shooting, police hope to continue the conversation about reducing gun violence in the city.

"We want to make sure we get to some type of place where we can have those discussions with our community, with people that are here in our community and put an end and a stop to the violence that’s resulting in shootings,” he said.

Authorities shut down a portion of Washington Street and Federal Place to investigate.

Police ask anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at (336) 373-1000 or text "badboyz" to 274637.

Crime Stoppers tips are anonymous, and tips leading to the arrest of the individual responsible may qualify for a possible $2,000 reward.

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