• ‘It is a miracle that no one was killed': Shooters fire into crowd at University City pool party

    By: Gina Esposito , Briana Harper , Glenn Counts

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Police said a man was shot Monday evening during a Memorial Day pool party in University City.

    Officers responded to the Flats at Mallard Creek apartments on Education Way after calls came in about shots being fired.

    Witnesses said there was a pool party at the time and dozens of people, including UNCC students, were there enjoying the pool when someone started shooting.

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    "It is a miracle that no one was killed yesterday,” Maj. Dave Robinson, with CMPD, said.

    On Tuesday, police told Channel 9 four guns of all different calibers were used in the shooting the day before, and there were multiple shooters firing into a large crowd.

    "Four different type caliber weapons fired into a crowd of over 200 people and not many witnesses who want to come tell their story,” Robinson said.

    Police said because of the lack of information they do not know why the shooting happened.

    One witness told Channel 9 a gunman asked people if they wanted to die before opening fire.

    Police said the man who was shot has serious injuries and was taken to a hospital by a friend.

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    "Having a good time and then we heard about the shooting, and we were near, and it’s just really scary,” UNCC student Chloe Barett said. “We heard somebody got shot in the throat."

    Evidence markers were scattered throughout the pool area and a somber mood replaced the fun residents said they were having at the Memorial Day pool party.

    "I just saw a bunch of cop cars coming in and everybody running out, leaving," resident Samantha Aguilar said. "It's just been too many incidents of people with guns and you're just unsure what you're going to go through the day even when you're having a good time at the pool." 

    There were shattered glass windows and parked cars with bullet holes in them.

     

    Residents said everyone dropped everything and ran for their lives.

    "Never be alone,” Barett advised. “Be around people and be around the right crowd, too. That's really important."

    No arrests have been made.

    Earlier this month, a man was killed in a pool shooting at the University Village apartments.

    In response, several complexes have decided to take extra safety precautions.

    With the summer season just getting started, police said they’re concerned about pop-up pool parties. They said a lot of uninvited guests may show up to parties at apartment complexes.

    "There are so many areas where we could have prevented this. We being a community, and there is an opportunity for property management and ownership to look at ways to improve security at these locations,” Robinson said.

    Check back with wsoctv.com for updates on this story.

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