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Arrests made after fatal shootings near Wingate campus

Wingate police have arrested two men after a shooting near a university campus that left two people dead and another injured.

The incident took place along East Wilson Street, near the entrance to the College Park community, around 6 p.m. Wednesday. The street runs along the Wingate University campus.

Daniel Steven Sheerer and Tony Antwone Knotts, both of Marshville, have been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, Wingate police said Thursday.

The suspects also confessed to breaking into homes in the Union County area, police said in a news release.

The names of the victims have not been released. Wingate police said they are withholding the names until relatives can be notified of the arrests.

Dozens of officers responded to the scene on Wednesday evening. A body covered in a sheet lay in the middle of the road as investigators swarmed around it.

Wingate University issued immediate lockdown procedures for the main campus. But police said they did not believe the suspects were on campus or that students were at risk, the Twitter account said.

“Please remain calm,” an alert sent to students said. “Move to the nearest building and close and lock all doors and windows. Close all blinds and turn off the lights.”

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