CHARLOTTE — Two people have died after a shooting in a parking lot at the Citiside Shoppes in east Charlotte, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
Officers spent Sunday night collecting shell casings and other evidence in what is being called a shootout by police.
CMPD said the shooting started as a fight around 9:30 p.m. Michael Anthony Brown Jr., 21, and Jareese Raivon Florybert, 16, were pronounced dead at the scene.
On Wednesday, CMPD announced that a 16-year-old had been arrested and charged with murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle. The juvenile suspect wasn’t identified.
The owner of the shopping complex told Channel 9′s Anthony Kustura that a security guard is usually at the shopping center. Because the shooting occurred after hours, police were the first to show up. The owner is turning over surveillance video to police.
Mother Chameka Dexter lives near the shopping center and says she will think twice about shopping there.
“I don’t want to be in any crossfire or any bullets or anything that I didn’t have anything to do with,” Dexter said.
Kustura also spoke to Howell Montgomery, who says he is the uncle of one of the victim’s and says the senseless violence is heartbreaking.
“The city of Charlotte, come on, we’re supposed to be the Queen City. What are we killing for? We’ve got to stop shooting,” he said. “I’m really tired of it, I’m really tired of it. This has to stop. The violence has to stop.”
“Who’s ever man enough to pull that trigger, they need to turn themselves in,” Montgomery said.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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