Crawford Community college is closed after a worker was attacked and shot by an unidentified assailant in the community center.
The attack took place on Sunday, March 15, at about 12:30am.
A man wearing a mask was confronted by an employee at the Crawford Community Center in Crawford, North Carolina.
He was approached by an unknown male who began to strike the employee in the head.
The suspect fled the scene, and a search of the area led to the arrest of a 25-year-old Crawford man who is in custody.
The Crawford man is accused of assaulting the employee, who suffered minor injuries.
The employee is expected to recover from his injuries.
The employee is currently in the hospital.
The incident was reported to police at 12:35am, and it has not been determined whether the suspect is still at large.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim and his family,” Crawford Police Chief Gary Knepper said in a statement.
“Crawford Community College is under extreme stress as a result of the attack.
Our officers are committed to making every effort to prevent recurrence.
Our thoughts and concern are with the victim’s family and friends during this time.”
Al Jazeera’s Mark Schiefelbach, reporting from Charlotte, North Dakota, said that the Crawford community is now facing a “tough decision” in the wake of the incident.
“We know that the suspect fled after the incident and is believed to have left the area,” Schiefelebach said.
“The suspect may have already had a vehicle stolen.
If he is still in the area, we have no reason to believe he is armed or dangerous.””
The Crawford community has been under extreme pressure from the incident to shut down,” he added.”
There is no indication that there is any threat to the community.
Crawford has been operating under a lot of pressure recently.”
Schiefelbases on social media said that community members had been left feeling “unsafe” by the incident, with many of them sharing photographs of their injured or missing children.
“I’m just really upset that something like this happened in Crawford,” said Chris Hinton, who said he had two children at the school when it reopened in November.
“It is a very safe school, and I hope that this will just teach people not to take their kids out for a long weekend out.”‘
There are some things that are worse than this’ Alain Sertin, the president of the North Carolina Association of School Boards, told Al Jazeera that Crawford is in a difficult position.
“What happened is a sad and terrible incident.
This is a school that has done a tremendous amount of good and has done so much good,” he said.”
But it is a small school with just a small staff.
If there are some people who do not understand the seriousness of the situation, I hope they are encouraged and that we don’t let this situation affect us.”
Alain Haigne, president of Crawford Public Schools, told the Associated Press that the school had been in contact with the employee’s family.
“Our staff and community are all deeply saddened by the horrific incident at Crawford College Community College,” he told the AP.
“The school has been in close contact with this individual and his parents and we are praying for his family.”
In a statement to Al Jazeera, Crawford Community Colleges said: “We are extremely saddened to learn of this incident, and are working closely with the Crawford Police Department to determine the facts and the facts of the case.
Our students, staff and faculty are committed in ensuring our campus is safe, and we have already begun providing training to our employees and staff members.
Crawfords community is safe and the campus remains open.”