Eureka County, NV – A gunman opened fire on members of a Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) road crew who were working on State Route 278 at mile marker 68 on Wednesday morning and authorities are engaged in a standoff with the shooter.
The Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) confirmed that law enforcement officers from multiple agencies had responded to an area 27 miles north of Eureka for an active shooter just after 10 a.m. local time, KOLO reported.
At least one member of the NDOT crew was shot, according to an alert by the Eureka County Sheriff’s Office.
NHP troopers, as well as deputies from the Eureka County Sheriff’s Department and the Elko County Sheriff’s Department, responded to the scene and have engaged in a standoff with the gunman, KOLO reported.
The sheriff’s department said the suspect fled south in a white panel van, KTVN reported.
Officials said troopers used stop sticks to disable the suspect’s vehicle at mile marker 27.
One ambulance has reportedly left the scene with a gunshot victim and radio traffic indicated additional ambulances had been requested and were en route, according to Elko City and County Public Safety radio traffic on Broadcastify.
The patient in the ambulance was evacuated from the scene and then transferred to a helicopter and airlifted to the hospital, KOLO reported.
Radio traffic indicated that additional ambulances were being advised to stage well back from the scene.
SR 278 is shut down from Eureka to Carlin and authorities warned that it would stay that way for hours, KTVN reported.
NHP Trooper Hannah DeGoey said that even though the area is rural, residents and travelers were advised to avoid it until further notice, KRNV reported.
No information has been released regarding the condition of the NDOT employee who was shot.
NHP confirmed that law enforcement officers have exchanged gunfire with the suspect and a standoff is ongoing, KTVN reported.
DEVELOPING: Police in Elko, Nevada are on scene to a reported active shooter. It’s unclear if the shooter is still firing. Police DID exchange gunfire with the suspect momentarily. Reports of several Nevada Department of Transportation workers injured by gunfire. We will update
— United States News Block (@USNewsBlock) June 16, 2021
TRAFFIC ALERT: State Route 278, from Eureka to Carlin is shut down in both directions due to law enforcement activity. Utilize alternate routes. Unknown time of reopening. @nevadadot @nevadadotelko @NevadaDPS pic.twitter.com/zzHclzzUKt
— NHP NC East (@NHPNCEast) June 16, 2021
Active shooter in Elko, Nevada, ongoing shots fired. May have started as a vehicle accident or vehicle vs. pedestrian. Subject is still outstanding and Police are taking about engaging him. More details to come soon! pic.twitter.com/glivEr9TPh
— PJ Smith (@PJSmith42378338) June 16, 2021
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