A high school student was shot and killed and another person is on the loose after a home invasion Thursday night, according to police.
Police are searching for a man they believe tried to break into a home in the University City area. They said the person who lived in the home shot one of the intruders trying to break in. He later died, and the other person he was with took off.
The deceased was identified Friday as Jamal Antonio Haynes, 17. Charlotte-Mecklenburg school officials said Haynes was a student at Vance High School.
Police said the two men tried to break in through the back door of a home on Century Oaks Lane.
"They broke the door," Capt. Todd Garrett said. "Someone was home, and he grabbed his gun."
"He was protecting his property," Garrett said. "Also, he fired at one additional subject that was in the home. And that subject is on the loose now."
That has neighbors worried as helicopters and dogs have been used to try to track the man down.
On Friday, CMPD Maj. Mike Smathers confirmed Haynes and a suspect were breaking in when the shots were fired.
“To my knowledge they weren’t attacking but they were clearly inside the home,” Smathers said.
He would not discuss details of the shooting, but said all of the evidence suggests that the shooting was justified.
“It's certainly lawful for people to possess weapons in their homes and there are laws in this state that allow for you to defend yourself if you're in fear for your life or the life of another person,” Smathers said.
"We've had homes broken into before," neighbor Gary Lewis said. "But most of the time, they were empty dwellings."
Lewis said the people who live at the home had just moved into the neighborhood.
"They just moved in there about three weeks ago," Lewis said. "They just rented the house."
Police told Eyewitness News the intruders may not have known someone was home.
"This happened in broad daylight," Lewis said. "So, you never know. You just have to watch out for your neighbors."