Prescott Police still searching for suspect in shots-fired incident on East Gurley Street on Sunday

Prescott Police reported Monday that officers were still searching for a suspect in a shots-fired incident near the Grace Sparkes Activity Center in the 800 block of East Gurley Street Sunday afternoon, Sept. 18.

The incident forced Yavapai College’s Prescott campus on nearby Sheldon Street into lockdown at around 4 p.m. Sunday. Campus remained closed until about 5:20 p.m., after authorities determined it was clear of any threat.

“Our investigation revealed that the weapon used was either a BB or pellet gun,” Deputy Chief Jon Brambila stated via email early Monday afternoon. “One car window was damaged, and no one was injured. We have no suspect information currently.”

Prescott Police Department said it received a call of shots fired in the area shortly after 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The location was apparently close to where Gurley intersects with Arizona Street, Brambila said, and near the Activity Center, 824 E. Gurley St.

The caller told police they saw someone waving something at passing cars and heard shots fired afterward, Brambila added.

Authorities said on Sunday that they had a vague description of the suspect; a man who is 20 to 30 years old and was wearing dark clothing and a tan hat.

Law enforcement, including the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and Yavapai College Police, searched the area Sunday afternoon, eventually shutting down Gurley Street from Arizona Street to Goodwin Street.

Yavapai College authorities said they locked down the Prescott campus after one news tip stated someone matching the suspect’s description was seen off Sheldon Street.

Authorities had also launched an unmanned aerial vehicle to aid in the search.

Brambila said no one was struck or injured by any munitions and detectives were at the scene collecting evidence on Sunday. Police issued a Code Red alert right after 3 p.m., urging nearby residents to shelter in place and everyone else to avoid the area.

If you see anyone matching the suspect’s description, Brambila asks that you call 911 or 928-445-3131.

Courier reporter Doug Cook contributed to this story.

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