Ten schools in the Greenville area have been locked down while police search for a man who fired at an officer Friday morning.
The search is underway in the area of Mauldin Road and Parkins Mill Road in Greenville County.
Greenville Police Chief Terri Wilfong said the shooting happened around 10am, adding the officer was not hit by the fire.
Police say the incident began as a routine traffic stop for improper display of a license plate. They said the driver pulled over and began firing at the officer, eventually running into the nearby Berkley Pointe Apartments.
As a precaution, officials locked down Christ Church Episcopal School, Sara Collins Elementary, the Washington Center, JL Mann High School, St. Joseph’s Catholic School, and Greenville Tech’s Barton Campus, Virginia College, and Sterling School.
Several dozen officers are involved in the search. Police are asking the public for help, saying the gunman is a 30-35 year old black male with long hair in a ponytail. Officers say he was wearing a gray shirt and gray pants.
Spartanburg County Sheriffs deputies say the GMC Yukon that the officer stopped was reported stolen three weeks ago. According to an incident report, a couple at a Duncan hotel said an armed man stole their car on October 9.