‘Kept hearing screaming’: 1 dead in University City shooting, MEDIC says

CHARLOTTE — An afternoon shooting on Easter Sunday has left one person dead in University City.

Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department were called to University City Plaza on University City Boulevard around 4:30 p.m.

At the scene, CMPD found 25-year-old Kedrick Brown in the parking lot of the plaza. He had been shot.

MEDIC said Brown died at the scene.

Tammy Carr is an employee at one of the plaza’s stores and was at work when the violence broke out.

“I kept hearing screaming, like on the phone, and it was like, I guess he was on the phone with the police, and he was like yelling and saying where he was,” she said.

CMPD Maj. Dave Johnson told Reporter Glenn Counts that the department has been following many leads to locate the suspected gunman.

Police say the shooting doesn’t seem to be a random act of violence, and it’s possible the victim knew the suspect.

Many of the victim’s family and friends came to the scene.

“Every death is tragic, but there are family and friends now that will forever associate Easter with the death of this young man, and our sympathy and prayers go out to the family and friends,” Johnson said.

This is not the first time a deadly shooting has happened at the shopping center. Back in 2022, a grandmother was trying to use the ATM when she was shot and killed in a robbery .

Carr says the past two incidents have made her fear for her safety.

“It’s scary because I work over here by myself a lot of times late at night, and it’s really sad to see everybody crying.”

The officers do not have a specific suspect in mind and are asking anyone with information to come forward.

This is a developing story; check back at wsoctv.com for updates.

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