The Latest (9/21/21):
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has charged two suspects, including a juvenile, after a Monday evening shooting in southeast Charlotte left a juvenile and a 1-year-old with serious injuries.
Police say after gathering evidence in the case it has been determined that a 15-year-old juvenile and a one-year-old child were passengers in a vehicle being driven by 19-year-old De’Aaron Truesdale. While they were traveling along East Independence Boulevard, a gold sedan pulled up next to them, and gunfire was exchanged between the passengers of both vehicles.
After shots were fired, the 15-year-old juvenile was shot in the leg and the one-year-old child was grazed in the head. Their injuries were serious, but not life-threatening, according to officials.
According to police, Truesdale and the 15-year-old juvenile fired their weapons, and that it was rounds from Truesdale’s weapon that struck the 15-year-old juvenile and one-year-old child. CMPD said Truesdale was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, child abuse inflicting serious injury, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, reckless driving and hit and run. The 15-year-old juvenile was charged with possession of a handgun by a minor.
Detectives are actively searching for the gold sedan and its occupants that were involved in this shooting. The vehicle should have damage along the driver’s side, consistent with being side-swiped. It may also have damage from being struck by gunfire.
Anyone who sees a vehicle similar to this description is asked to report it to 911, immediately. The public can also leave information anonymously with Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.
Original Story (9/20/21):
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Police say two juveniles were shot Monday night on East Independence Boulevard.
It happened at a shopping center between Conference Drive and Idlewild Road, just after 6:00 p.m.
Investigators say one of the victims is under 5 years old.
Both victims were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.