EFLAND, N.C. (WNCN) — Authorities have identified a man found shot to death Monday afternoon in a parking lot near an elementary school in Efland.
The homicide was discovered after a call was made to officials at 2:38 p.m. Monday reporting gunshots in the area.
“I’d like to report hearing some gunshots…I heard them around Efland Cheeks Elementary School,” the caller told the dispatcher. “[I heard] at least five or more [gunshots].”
The caller told the dispatcher, “I don’t know why those gunshots would be so close to an elementary school…I’m shaken up. I haven’t heard gunshots around that area, ever.”
The man identified by authorities as Tevin Deshawn Kendrick, 22, of Durham, was found in the area beside Efland Cheeks Elementary School.
“We found out it was somebody up there dead… it’s been a crazy 24 hours… really been crazy,” said neighbor Christopher Rosser
He was found on the ground near the rear of a white car, which had an open trunk, Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood said.
Kendrick had been shot multiple times, which is especially concerning to many parents because of how close it is to the elementary school.
“We’re sad that there was a murder on this day, but we’re also relieved as parents in the community that the kids were not in school when this happened. We know it would have went to lockdown and scare all us to death,” said Rosser, who has a 4th grader at the school.
Rosser was relieved to hear there were extra deputies at the school Tuesday as a precaution.
Authorities said the investigation is ongoing and they don’t believe the residents of the community are in danger.
It’s too early in the investigation to draw any conclusions about what happened or who may be responsible, officials said in a press release.
Officials said everything went fine at the school Tuesday morning.
Anyone with information on this or any other crime is encouraged to contact Investigator Tim Jones of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at 919-245-2900.