Lockdown at three Elizabeth City elementary schools lifted, police searching for shooting suspect

Posted at 1:19 PM, Oct 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-07 20:19:06-04

Tavarr Spence Griffin (Photo: Elizabeth City PD Facebook)

Elizabeth City, N.C. – Three schools were briefly placed on lockdown after a shooting on Roanoke Avenue  Wednesday morning.

Police responded to reports of a fight and shots fired in the area. They found one man wounded.

25-year-old William Tyvoice Evans, was shot three times in the arm and ran to a neighbor’s home to seek safety. He was then taken to Sentara Albemarle Medical Center.

P.W. Moore, H.L. Trigg and Pasquotank Elementary were placed on lockdown as a precaution at 11:08 a.m., and the lockdown was lifted at 12:25 p.m.

After viewing video from local businesses and speaking with the victim and witnesses, police have identified 27-year-old Tavarr Spence Griffin as the alleged shooter. Griffin was last seen in the area of 800 Roanoke Avenue on foot wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans and a fitted ball cap.

The Elizabeth City Police Department has obtained arrest warrants for Griffin, charging him with one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to inflict serious injury, two counts of discharge firearm into occupied dwelling, one count of injury to real property and one count going armed to the terror of the public

Griffin is 5’6″ tall, with black hair, and weighs about 120 pounds. Spence’s last known address is 311 Harney Street.

The Elizabeth City Police Department urges anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the Elizabeth City Police Department at (252) 335-4321 or the Elizabeth City Crime Line at (252) 335-5555.  All information received will remain anonymous and strictly confidential.