Woman shot in domestic situation, several Rowan County schools put on lockdown

Woman shot in domestic situation, several Rowan County schools put on lockdown

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A man has been taken into custody by the Kannapolis Police Department after he reportedly forced his wife into a car before driving away and proceeding to shoot her on Tuesday morning.

Gary Belk Sr. has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and first degree kidnapping in connection with the incident.

Officials report that Belk met his wife at her place of employment on Denver Street where he then pointed a handgun at her and ordered her to go inside of her car and drive around the block. After attempting to flee from the vehicle, the victim was shot by Belk in the shoulder but managed to escape the scene.

The shooting happened near the 100 block of N. Ridge Avenue.

Belk was later arrested at his home on 29th Street in Rowan County and is being held in the Cabarrus County jail at this time.

No further information has been released at this time as this remains an active investigation.

Four schools in Rowan County were placed on lockdown following the incident on Tuesday morning. The lockdown was lifted by 10:15 a.m.

North Rowan High School, North Rowan Middle School, Southeast Middle School, and Faith Elementary School were placed on a code yellow lockdown. Officials say the police situation that prompted the lockdown was off campus.

A. L. Brown High School in Kannapolis was also on lockdown for a period of time on Tuesday morning.

According to school officials, the schools were placed on lockdown as a precaution because the suspect had relatives in those schools.

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