Police: Mother, son nearly shot at intersection during outing

by: Kathryn Burcham Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A Christmas Day outing ended in terror for a mother and son after they are nearly shot in the middle of a busy intersection.

Vickie Cooper said she and her 24-year-old son were driving to the grocery store to pick up some items for Christmas dinner when they stopped at the intersection of The Plaza and E. W.T. Harris Boulevard.

Police said Tyrell Arrington pulled up in the next lane and began yelling at Cooper's son.

"I thought it was a joke at first, I thought he was playing, so I didn't know what was going on. The next thing I know he was like, 'Get out of the car," said Vickie Cooper.

Cooper said her son got out of the car and began arguing with Arrington, and she said that's when Arrington pulled a gun out of his pants.

"That's when my son said, 'You going to shoot me in front of my mother?' That's when I started screaming, hysterical," Cooper said.

Cooper said Arrington turned and shot into the rear of her car. Cooper said she and her son ran from the scene, escaping into the safety of a nearby restaurant where a witness was able to write down Arrington's license plate number before he sped away.

Officers tracked the plate to Arrington's home where they arrested him a few hours later and booked him into the jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon.

"We never even seen it coming. That was the scariest part," Cooper said.