Gunshots fired at Long View Police Department

HICKORY, NC (WBTV) - Someone fired gunshots at the Long View Police Department near Hickory Monday evening, police say, sparking an investigation.

A firefighter was standing outside when he heard the gunfire as the shots hit the wall of the police headquarters building.

Three shots were fired at the police department but only one hit the building. The bullet didn't make it through the building.

Long View police say it happened around 6:15 p.m. Officials believe a handgun was used in the shooting and say they have recovered fragments from at least one bullet. A .45 caliber shell casing was found on railroad tracks about 100 feet from the building.

There was a hole in a metal awning and some chip marks on the building's bricks.

Police are checking surveillance cameras in the neighborhood and are waiting for the SBI.

Police Chief Mike Winters says it was no accident.

"It is disrespect for law enforcement," he said.

He says the shooting may have been in retaliation for an ongoing drug investigation, but until they find who was responsible and talk with them, they cannot be sure of that.

So far no suspects have been identified but authorities are checking area surveillance camera video.

Anyone with information is urged to call Long View Police.

The Long View Police Department is located on 1st Ave SW.

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