Second suspect arrested in shooting in parking lot of southeast Charlotte strip mall

CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department announced the arrest of a juvenile in connection with a shooting at a strip mall that happened on April 30 in southeast Charlotte.

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On Wednesday, CMPD said the second suspect in the case is now in custody.

CMPD released surveillance video on May 12 that shows three people entering a convenience store along Wyalong Drive near the intersection of Idlewild and Margaret Wallace roads.

In the video, one suspect hands another suspect a 9 millimeter handgun near the register. The three people walk out of the store and go to their cars.

(Watch the video below: Surveillance video of the shooting along Wyalong Drive)

After that, the victim’s car drives through the parking lot. That’s when one of the suspects, who left the store, starts firing several rounds from an assault rifle at the victim’s car.

The other suspect pulls out a 9-mm handgun and fires as well.

A juvenile in the car seen driving in the video was shot and had non-life-threatening injuries.


A resident in the area also reported that their home and vehicle were hit by rounds from the gun.

Channel 9′s Joe Bruno spoke to another woman who said she ended up with bullet holes in her home, with some even hitting her headboard and pillow. Thankfully, she was out with her nephew at the time and wasn’t home. She said she never saw the surveillance video until May 12 and can’t believe it.

“I said, ‘I think it is just dirt,’ he said, ‘No, that’s a bullet hole. I said, ‘What, that’s my bedroom,’” Carlota Escarcha said. “‘The policeman said you have a good guardian angel,’ and I said, ‘Yes, because I pray all of the time.’”

The suspect armed with the assault rifle was taken into custody, but on May 12 police said, they were looking for the second suspect. They announced the second arrest on Wednesday.

“The CMPD is concerned about the brazen nature of this attack and is working to get the second suspect into custody,” a news release said.

It’s yet another violent crime involving kids in Charlotte. Community leader Darnell Perkins calls the shooting reckless.

“We are better than that,” he said. “As a community, it is pretty much we gave up on our youth, and we need to trigger something in ourselves.”

No other details have been released at this point.

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