• Man injured during shootout at Mint Hill gas station

    By: Ken Lemon


    MINT HILL, N.C. - Police say one person is recovering from multiple gunshot wounds after a shootout at a Mint Hill gas station.

    The shootout happened at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Sunoco station at the intersection of Margaret Wallace Road and Idlewild Road. Police said both men left the scene, but one returned during the course of their investigation.

    Shortly after the shootout, someone called 911 from the Victoria Park Apartments about 2.5 miles away to report a man had been shot. That person was taken to Carolinas Medical Center, and police said his injuries are not life-threatening.

    Police said they determined the injured man was the second person involved in the shootout. The man who was not hurt was taken into custody for questioning. He has been released pending the results of the investigation.

    Crime scene detectives spent several hours at the gas station marking evidence and interviewing workers. The spray of bullets damaged several cars and shattered car windows.

    Police said the injured man is not cooperating with the investigation.

    Officers said they are not releasing the names of those involved at this time.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mint Hill Police Department at 704-545-1085.

    Vicki Flack comes by the Mint Hill convenience store regularly, but now she said that may change after hearing about what happened there early this morning.

    "I won't be coming here at 10:30, 11 o'clock at night by myself anymore. I'll probably go to the other gas station that I pass on my way home from work," she said.

    Around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, police were called to the station at the corner of Idelwild and Margarett Wallace.

    They said two men exchanged gunfire in the parking lot.

    Police said both left, but during their investigation, one of the men came back, He was taken in for questioning and released.

    At a nearby apartment complex, medics said they took a man to the hospital that had been shot.

    Police said he had been hit multiple times but was somehow able to get from the store to the apartment complex.

    Eyewitness News was with crime scene investigators for hours on Wednesday morning as they snapped photos and laid out several evidence markers around the parking lot.

    Eyewitness News also spoke to some customers who said knowing what happened has them concerned.

    "You hate to think there's crime that's close to you and people are shooting each other. Accidents happen and people that are bypass get in the way and God forbid, somebody else could get shot," said Flack.

    Police have not released the names of the men involved.

    So far, no charges have been filed.

    Police said the man they questioned did have a permit for a gun he had on him.

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