by: Mark Becker Updated:CHARLOTTE —
Police in west Charlotte have pulled back their perimeter, but are keeping their eyes open for a man who fired shots and led them on a brief chase before running into nearby woods. They believe he could be armed with a shotgun.
The shooting happened around 11 a.m. Tuesday near Tuckaseegee Road and the suspect drove toward Interstate 85 before jumping and running from his car on Barringer Place.
By noon, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department helicopter was circling low over the area near Glenwood Drive and I-85 while patrol cars were lined up along I-85 and through the nearby neighborhood where residents were on edge.
“They say they were looking for a white guy with a shotgun. That's all I know. And they say he ran off into the woods,” said Bobby Rankin as he stood in front of his house on Garringer Place.
Police and crime scene officers were looking carefully at a gold sedan parked across the street and David King said he believes the young man police were looking for had dumped the car at his grandmother’s house.
“I just know that this boy over here is on the run. They said he has a gun and they're chasing him,” King said.
Police called off the search by 2 p.m., but say they have signed warrants charging the suspect in connection with the shooting.
They say no one was injured in that shooting, but they still consider the suspect to be armed and dangerous.