‘Unfortunate’: Gun brought to church by teen accidentally fires, hits other teen

CHARLOTTE — A teenager was shot during service at a west Charlotte church on Sunday, investigators said.

MEDIC says the shooting happened just before 12:45 p.m. at Greater Hedges and Highway Evangelical Church. It’s on Nobles Avenue off West Boulevard.

At the scene, Channel 9 photographer Theo Bowie saw multiple CMPD cars lining both sides of the road.

Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said a 17-year-old girl is expected to be OK after she was shot in the leg.

CMPD said a 14-year-old brought the gun in. Police said it it accidentally fired, hitting the 17-year-old.

Kylon Burris, a youth pastor at the church, told Reporter Glenn Counts it was his relative who was hit.

“It’s unfortunate it’s a situation that wasn’t supposed to happen, my niece, suffered a gunshot wound to the leg by one of the other youth here they brought a firearm with them today, it shouldn’t have happened were gonna take this situation and grow from it,” he said.

Police said the shooting is being investigated as an accident. The teen is charged with possession of a firearm by a minor.

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