A neighborhood stunned by an undercover drug deal and deadly shootout near an elementary school had its second meeting with police Thursday.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police arrested 17-year-old Davion Drayton in connection with that incident in the Hidden Valley Neighborhood. Drayton had his first appearance before a judge Thursday afternoon.
Meanwhile, police answered questions from neighbors in Hidden Valley.
"I wanted to know why it happened, why the kid had to die," said Wanda Gipson.
Police said they set up the drug deal between undercover officers, a drug informant, and two accused drug dealers: Drayton and 17-year-old Jaquaz Walker.
During the deal they said the suspects shot the informant in the shoulder. Police said an undercover officer fired back, shooting Walker in the head. He died later at the hospital.
Gipson met with police to get answers for neighbors.
"I found out these sting operations are chosen by the perpetrators, by the suspects. That's where he went. That's where the activity took place. It was unfortunate that it occurred there," Gipson said.
She also said she learned that police may have had no choice, but to shoot back.
"After someone shoots at you they're trained to return fire until the threat has been eliminated," she said.
Drayton is facing a charge of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. He's expected to appear in court for a bond.