Associated Press

NASHVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A sheriff says that two people have been shot outside a North Carolina courthouse and that they have non-life-threatening wounds.

Nash County Sheriff Dick Jenkins tells WRAL that the shooting happened Tuesday.

Officials posted on Nash County's website that offices about a block from the courthouse were locked down in reaction to the shooting.

State Highway Patrol Lt. Jeff Gordon tells The Associated Press that two suspects escaped on foot in Nashville, about 45 miles east of Raleigh.

The sheriff's office did not respond to telephone calls and the Nash County manager didn't immediately return messages seeking more information.

Nashville is a town of about 5,500 in a heavily agricultural county.

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