CHARLOTTE – Tragedy struck at the University Pointe Shopping Center in University City on Sunday afternoon when a shooting incident claimed the life of one person. According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), officers responded to a distress call at approximately 2:45 p.m. on University Pointe Boulevard near Ikea Boulevard.
Upon arrival, officers discovered a victim with gunshot wounds in the shopping center’s parking lot. Immediate life-saving efforts were initiated by the responding officers, but unfortunately, the victim’s life could not be saved. The victim was pronounced dead shortly after the arrival of the Medical Center (MEDIC) personnel.
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CMPD Major Gabe Chickoree expressed concern and dismay over the senseless act of violence that unfolded in a usually bustling shopping center. University Pointe Shopping Center’s parking lot was cordoned off with crime tape, leaving shoppers and employees shocked by the tragic incident.
Eyewitness Peaches Brown, an employee at a nearby fast food restaurant, recounted the heart-wrenching incident. She revealed that the victim had been seated inside initially, conversing with other patrons before an argument escalated outside, leading to six gunshots being fired.
As the investigation unfolds, CMPD is working to identify the victim and determine the circumstances that led to the fatal shooting. Surveillance footage from the area may assist law enforcement in identifying potential suspects, but authorities are urging anyone with information about the incident to come forward and call 911.
Major Chickoree, a 20-year resident of University City, expressed his disheartenment at the occurrence of such violence in a public area frequented by shoppers. The loss of life has shaken the community, and authorities are committed to bringing those responsible to justice.
At this time, CMPD has not released any information about the suspects or a possible motive for the shooting. As the investigation continues, updates will be provided to the public, seeking cooperation from the community in solving this tragic case.
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