According to law enforcement officials, early Sunday two black male suspects were involved in a drive-by shooting in Albemarle. While fleeing, they shot at the responding Albemarle police officers disabling the police car.
The suspects were seen traveling through Montgomery County and were pursued by officers from the Biscoe Police Department into Moore County.
The two suspects abandoned their vehicle a few hundred yards before reaching a road block that was being set up by Moore County deputies, and fled on foot into a wooded area south of NC Highway 24 approximately 3 miles west of Carthage.
Moore County deputies along with other local, county, and state level law enforcement officers have searched the area on foot and have used drone aircraft, a bloodhound from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, and a NC State Highway Patrol helicopter, however have not been able to locate the two suspects as of this report with efforts to locate them continuing.
Deputies have recovered a shotgun and the AK-47 that the suspects are believed to have used in the shooting incident.
Roadways outside of Carthage were closed earlier Sunday afternoon, however have since been reopened for drivers.
Deputies will be patrolling the area throughout the night according to law enforcement officials. We will update readers should additional details become available.