One dead after downtown Greensboro shooting

by Jeff Sykes

One man is dead and three others injured after a late night shootout in the heart of downtown Greensboro’s cultural district. A fifth person, identified as one of the shooters, was wounded after being shot by a Greensboro Police Officer.

The shooting occurred about 2:35 a.m. at the corner of South Elm and Lewis streets, a part of the South End area that has received significant attention for business development this year. Police said the incident occurred between groups of people leaving clubs after closing time.

“Several individuals began verbally arguing with each other,” wrote Susan Danielsen, spokesperson for the Greensboro Police Department. “The disagreement escalated into a physical altercation at Lewis Street and Elm Street. At least two individuals then began to exchange gunfire.

“Several officers in the area heard the gunshots and responded to the location on foot. One officer fired his weapon and struck one of the subjects that was actively shooting in an effort to stop the on-going assault. The armed man was transported to a local hospital and is still receiving treatment and is listed in critical condition.”

Two other wounded persons were taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening wounds.

Danielsen said that the officer involved in the shooting would be placed on administrative leave while investigators determine if his actions followed departmental policy for use of force.

No information was released about the victims, though police promised updates later in the day.