Investigation underway after 2 people shot in east Charlotte, officials say

Investigation underway after 2 people shot in east Charlotte, officials say

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Officials confirmed they're investigating after two people, including one Commonwealth High School student, were shot in east Charlotte Friday morning.

Chopper 9 Skyzoom was flying over the scene along Central Avenue just before 11 a.m.

Central Avenue near North Sharon Amity Road was shut down for the investigation but has since reopened.

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Police said they responded to an assault call around 10:30 a.m. When officers arrived, they found two men who had been shot. Both victims were taken to the hospital, and officials said one of them had life-threatening injuries.

CMPD said those injured in the shooting could be students at nearby Commonwealth High School, a charter school that serves students from 16 to 21.

Friday afternoon, the principal of the school Sydney Culver confirmed to Channel 9 that one of the victims was a student who was not in school at the time.

"It appears there was some sort of altercation out here on Central that led to the shooting," CMPD said.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District confirmed Winterfield Elementary School was placed on lockdown for a short period of time. Police said they lifted the lockdown once they determined there was no threat to students or staff members.

Chopper 9 could see officers roping off the scene not far from Commonwealth High School. They appeared to be focusing on a wooded area.

David Allen, who was nearby when the shooting happened, said he heard the gunshots.

"I heard the pop, pop, pop and then I heard a lot of yelling. And then, it was more pop, pop, pop," Allen said.

Down the streets, a waitress who spoke to Channel 9 said she heard the same thing and spotted one of the victims in the street.

"Then I saw the guy roll down and fall down over there and he was grabbing his leg," the waitress said. "We didn't really see what happened so we automatically thought he got run over."

No suspect description has been released and no arrests have been made.

Police are asking anyone with information to call CrimeStoppers at 704-334-1600.

Check back for updates on this developing story.