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Iredell County schools locked down; police seek slaying suspects

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MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Authorities say seven schools in Iredell County are on a partial lockdown as sheriff's deputies search for a suspect in a weekend slaying.

Iredell County Sheriff's Lt. Darren Campbell said Monday the schools were placed on lockdown "as a precaution." He said police are looking for a suspect in a wooded area near the schools, about 25 miles north of Charlotte.

Iredell-Statesville Schools spokeswoman Dawn Creason said the outer school doors are locked at two high, two middle and three elementary schools, but that classes are continuing inside.

Creason said the schools are locked down in case there is any gunfire in the vicinity of the schools as deputies search for the suspect.

Campbell said two suspects in the weekend slaying were arrested Sunday. A third was arrested earlier Monday. He refused to release any other details about the slaying.

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