A suspect has been identified by Pine Bluff police in connection with a drive-by shooting that — although no one was injured — caused Pine Bluff High School students to be put on lockdown inside their classrooms for more than two hours Friday afternoon.

A suspect has been identified by Pine Bluff police in connection with a drive-by shooting that — although no one was injured — caused Pine Bluff High School students to be put on lockdown inside their classrooms for more than two hours Friday afternoon.

Police were looking for Devonte Parker, 18, of Pine Bluff in connection with the shooting, which occurred at about 1 p.m. Friday. He is wanted for unlawful discharge of a firearm from a vehicle and possession of a firearm on school property. He has tattoos on the backs of both hands.

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PBHS Principal Robert Handley and police officials said witnesses reported that shots had been fired between the PBHS Academy building and the Patterson building from a black car with tinted windows — possibly a Chevrolet Malibu — that then sped off.

“There were about 400 students outside at the time of the incident because a lunch period was ending,” Handley said. “At one point they thought they had the car, but one of the students was asked to identify it and they said it wasn’t the same car they had seen.

“I’m grateful to the faculty and staff for all of their strong support during this ordeal,” Handley said. “From the superintendent on down, the support has been wonderful. Something like this, one man can’t handle.”

The possible intended victims were being interviewed by police to try to identify the suspects, Handley said shortly after the incident.

Pine Bluff School District Superintendent Jerry O. Payne said that the incident was captured with campus security cameras.

“This is one of the reasons it is important to have security cameras on campus no matter what they cost,” Payne said. “When there is criminal activity of any kind, this can help us. This is the biggest reason I believe in security cameras. It is unfortunate when anyone decides to carry out an action planned outside the campus and bring it to campus.

“We will take steps to remedy this issue. The principal, staff and students responded in a cooperative manner and I deeply appreciate that. We have cameras and will go through the tape and see who was in the vehicle and who was involved in the act and will identify our students and will work with the high school to remedy this problem. I have not talked with investigators but will talk with them over the weekend.”

The school was locked down after the incident until students who walk or drive home were dismissed at 3:15 p.m. and bus students at 3:20 p.m. The standard bus schedule was re-routed so the students were not left standing outside for long periods of time.

Students reported that they were told very little about what had happened when they were placed in lockdown.

“We just learned that there was a shooting and we were locked down for almost three hours,” junior Kameron White said.

“They just locked us in the class,” said a sophomore who identified herself as Tia.

Senior Mariaent’e Butler described how the lockdown procedure was implemented.

“Everybody stays in class,” Butler said. “The teacher locks the door so nobody can come in the room. You can’t go to the restroom or anywhere else until the lockdown ends.”

Student Brian Scarver Jr. said that students were told over the intercom system to stay in place.

“They said to stay in class and not to come out for any reason or you would be in trouble,” Scarver said.

Junior Arkeno Chidester confirmed that the lockdown was firmly enforced.

“They said we couldn’t go anywhere,” Chidester said.

Parents at the scene expressed an initial concern that was followed by confidence in the handling of the situation by the school and district administration.

Parents who wanted to pick up their children before the scheduled dismissal time were asked to give the child’s name to a school official who then escorted the child from their classroom to the parent.

Yolanda Standoak was waiting to pick up her daughter at about 3 p.m.

“The only thing that I’ve had is a text from my daughter saying that no one is allowed in or out,” Standoak said. “Just to be safe, I wanted to get her out.”

Katrina Tate was anxious about the situation until she was reassured that she would be able to pick up her daughter.

“I think once we got the information that we needed then all was well,” Tate said. “It was just not having the information that upset some parents.”

Darius Baker graduated from Pine Bluff High in 2010 and was on campus to meet with a former teacher when the shooting occurred.

“I was visiting with a former teacher and was kind of shocked because we never had anything like this before,” Baker said. “It is time for the district to take a stand and start protesting things going on in this school district. It is time to pray and not to play. Kids shouldn’t have to worry about this kind of thing when they are in school.”

Staff writers Amy Widner and Ray King contributed to this article.