CMPD: Shooting into car leaves 1 hurt at west Charlotte shopping center

CHARLOTTE — One person was seriously hurt when someone shot into a car in west Charlotte Thursday afternoon, police said

The incident occurred around 12:15 p.m. in the Westerly Hills Plaza shopping center on Westerly Hills Drive.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said the victim was taken to the hospital but their injuries weren’t life-threatening.

CMPD said the shooter fired into a car with someone inside. It is unclear what led up to it, but police said the shooting is under investigation.

At the scene, Channel 9′s Evan Donovan found a silver Ford Mustang with what looked like several bullet holes. Evidence markers were placed near shell casings and spent bullets on the ground.

“I heard like a shot, bullets and stuff, like 15, 10 to 15 of them,” Sam Aldhyat said.

Aldhyat works at a shop across from the plaza. He said the shooting scared his customers away.

“It kills the day for me,” he said. “Everyone will freak out. Nobody will show up to do any business in this area since they heard of something going on. That’s actually affected us, and affected us like big time.”

Investigators said they don’t have information about a suspect at this time.

Donovan spoke with shoppers who arrived at the plaza after the shooting.

“Everything was shut down, everything blocked off, police officers from one end of the street to the other lined up, CSI everywhere,” one shopper said.

“I seen bullet fragments all over the ground — a good 20 bullet fragments,” another shopper said.

No further information was released.

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

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