Police investigating apparent shots fired on Polo Road near campus entrance

Dear parents and families –

Early this morning, an email was sent to students, faculty, and staff to alert them of apparent shots fired on Polo Road near the entrance to campus. No one was injured and there is no evidence that anything was struck by a bullet. Police are investigating the incident; see the message that went to campus (below).

Our Family Communications Philosophy specifies that parents and families will be notified of incidents involving weapons, which is why you are receiving this message.

This is all the information I have at this time. Please know that University Police and Winston-Salem Police are investigating and that the University is taking this very seriously. There is no greater priority than the safety of students and our campus community.

If there are any future messages about this incident, those would be posted on our Family News site and linked from the Daily Deac blog

Best wishes,

Betsy Chapman, Ph.D. (’92, MA ’94)
Executive Director of Family Communications and Volunteer Management 


Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem police officers are investigating the apparent discharge of a firearm on Polo Road at 1:04 a.m. tonight, Oct. 26, near the entrance to campus.  No evidence was found of anything or anyone being struck by a bullet.

University Police Department officers in the area heard five gunshots at the time.  They suspect they were fired from a weapon in a vehicle that was being driven on Polo Road past the University, toward University Parkway.

No officers, actually, saw a weapon fired, but they did hear apparent shots fired.  And, an immediate investigation found an empty shell casing in the area.

On Sept. 16, a bullet was fired into a University-owned house on Polo Road, in front of campus.  No one was injured.

Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to call University Police at 336-758-5591 or the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700.

Wake Forest Communications and External Relations


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