Welborn teacher shot, in critical condition

Aug. 29, 2013 @ 06:12 PM

Greensboro police are investigating the Thursday morning shooting of a High Point teacher at her home in an apartment complex in Adams Farm.
Laurrissa Armstrong, 62, was found with multiple gunshot wounds around 7:50 a.m. in the parking lot of the Steeplechase at Adams Farm at 1404 Adams Farm Parkway.
She was transported to Moses Cone Hospital, where she remained in critical condition early Thursday night, according to police.
“I think that this is a very sad situation for everyone involved. Very heartbreaking,” said Nora Carr, district chief of staff for Guilford County Schools. “We were first alerted about an incident at Adams Farm that was impacting several of our schools in the area. Later, we learned it was impacting an employee at one of our schools.”
Armstrong works at Welborn Middle Academy of Science and Technology, teaching sixth, seventh and eighth graders in careers and technical education.
She was hired with Guilford County Schools in September of 1996 as a teacher assistant before becoming a teacher in 1999.
“This afternoon, we mobilized our crisis team. The students were told in the afternoon, and the teachers were told earlier in the afternoon once we had more information,” Carr said. “We had district volunteers come in to take over classes while we talked to the teachers and provided guidance on how to discuss the situation with students.”
Her husband, Bruce Ray Armstrong, 61, was found unresponsive in a rented silver Nissan in the parking lot of a Lowe’s, at 1703 S. Forty Drive.
He was pronounced dead at Moses Cone Hospital. The cause of death is unknown.
Police believe the shooting was a domestic incident. The couple were married but no longer living together.
Bruce Armstrong’s last known address is 1101 Borders Terrace.
Principal Naquita Brewington-McCormick sent a ConnectEd phone message and a letter home on Thursday explaining the situation at school.
The letter read:
“We are saddened to let you know about news that has impacted our school, family and students. We learned this morning that one of our teachers Mrs. Laurrissa Armstrong was hurt after an incident that happened at home. We had counselors here who talked to our teachers, who shared this news with students. This incident is receiving a lot of media attention today, so we felt that it was important to let students know very basic information about this while we had our counselors here to provide support. Support will continue to be available as well.
“Please be aware that your child may need help in dealing with this news. Talk with your child about their feelings and thoughts. Make sure that you are available to listen and provide comfort, if needed.”
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