TERRE HAUTE -- Schools in two counties went on safety lockdown Tuesday while officials from five law enforcement agencies in the Wabash Valley searched for an unknown suspect allegedly involved in a shooting in Terre Haute.
Although details are limited at this time, an unidentified woman, who had a child with her at the time, was allegedly shot in the leg while crossing an intersection near 14th and Sycamore, Terre Haute, sometime around 1 p.m.
Apparently grazed by the bullet, the woman was transported to a hospital for treatment.
One suspect was reported as being a white male, 6 feet 2 inches and wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt. A second unidentified female suspect is in custody for her alleged involvement in helping the male leave the scene of the incident.
When members of the Terre Haute Police Department, Vigo County Sheriff's Department and Indiana State Police located a black 1980s style Jeep Cherokee driven by the alleged suspect believed to be involved in the incident, he led law enforcement officers on a high-speed pursuit, reportedly going speeds more than 100 mph, into Clay County.
As members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department assisting the pursuit eastward on State Road 340, safety protocols at North Clay Middle School, Northview High School, Cumberland Academy and Meridian Elementary were implemented at 2:16 p.m. The Code Yellow lockdown remained in effect until students were dismissed at the end of the regular school day.
According to the Clay Community School Corporation policy guidelines, during a Code Yellow buildings are locked, but students will participate in normal classroom activities, and no outside activities will be conducted. Students will not be released from school until after law enforcement personnel and school officials have determined that the situation is safe. Student sign-out locations and procedures are determined and announced at each building depending on the specific situation.
In Vigo County, five schools were also placed on lockdown during the incident.
With members of the Parke County Sheriff's Department joining the pursuit in northern Clay County, officials terminated the pursuit due to traffic concerns/safety issues involving students being released from school.
Officials confirmed to The Brazil Times the search for the suspect continues.