RALEIGH, N.C.: A man once identified as the suspected gunman in the shooting of two men outside a courthouse was released from custody and police indicated they wanted to question another man, authorities said Wednesday.
It wasn’t immediately clear why Ontarious Montre Lewis was identified as the suspect and then let go. Neither Nashville Police Chief Thomas Bashore nor Nash County Sheriff Dave Jenkins immediately responded to messages seeking comment. Phone calls to listings for Lewis in Rocky Mount went unanswered.
Bashore said the gunman ran up to front of the courthouse Tuesday, shot several times and ran away before he got into a light-colored car and escaped. The shooting sent panicked shoppers ducking into shops along the normally quiet main drag of the town of 5,500 people.
The two victims of the shooting were in critical condition at a hospital in Greenville, but expected to survive. Donte’a Evans was shot in the leg and hand, while Lamar Ricks was shot in the back.
Authorities said Evans ran inside the courthouse after the shooting and collapsed, while Ricks fled to a nearby lot, where paramedics found him.
Bashore said in a news release that Lewis was let go after he was questioned late Tuesday evening.
Authorities haven’t said what role the second man they want to question may have played in the shooting.
Bashore said investigators are offering a $3,000 for information leading to a conviction in the shooting.