5 schools locked down in wake of gunfire incident

GOOSE CREEK — Investigators are trying to determine what led to shots being fired in broad daylight Thursday afternoon across from Goose Creek High School.

Gunfire crackled on Red Bank Road and a chase ensued about 2 p.m., prompting the Berkeley County School District to lock down five area schools as a precaution.

No one was injured, and authorities arrested two men in connection with the case.

The gunfire erupted at Prestige Car Wash next to Creek Bank Plaza, where Berkeley County deputies later found shell casings, said Dan Moon, public information officer for the Sheriff's Office. He said deputies chased a white Ford pickup truck from the area to Rutt Lane off Howe Hall Road, where one of the men was taken into custody.

One suspect ran behind the high school campus, prompting the lockdown there and at Sedgefield Intermediate School, Sedgefield Middle School, Howe Hall Arts Infused Magnet School and Goose Creek Primary School. All are in the Goose Creek area.

The schools were reopened by about 3 p.m. said Pam Bailey, school district executive director of public relations. She said an automated phone message would be sent to parents to explain the situation.

Suspect names were not available Thursday night.