2 juveniles injured, third in custody after shooting in Uptown, police say

CHARLOTTE — Two people are now in the hospital after being shot in Uptown on Saturday night, according to MEDIC.

On Sunday morning, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department shared new information about the shooting. The department says the incident happened around 11 p.m. on Saturday night after calls were made for an assault with a deadly weapon.

At the scene, officers found two juveniles with gunshot wounds. They were both taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Police say one juvenile suspect is in custody and another suspect they believe to be involved in the shooting is still at large.

A picture from a viewer’s Twitter account shows a heavy police presence blocking the majority of the road.

The cause of the shooting and the identities of those involved are still unknown.

Channel 9 veteran crime reporter, Glenn Counts, was able to speak with residents who live near the park where the shooting happened. Aliyssa Baligod says she was able to hear the shots from her 19th-floor apartment.

“Suddenly I heard gunshots, it seemed like it was from outside, I thought it was fireworks at first I just let it be, I heard screaming running around and suddenly sirens,” Baligod said, “I looked out on my Balcony and there were people running from all directions.”

Another resident, Matthew Hamorick, told Counts he was walking home when the shots rang out, ducking for cover was one of the many thoughts that raced through his head.

“Yeah that was something that definitely ran through my mind cause anytime you hear something like that anyone would be scared for their life,” Hamorick said.

Many locals say one of the most disappointing facts of the incident is not the senseless violence, but the age of those involved. So far, everyone CMPD has identified in the case is under the age of 18.

“First of all how do kids even get access to guns these days, it’s crazy,” Baligod said.

“It’s heartbreaking man, cause you want good for the kids these days,” Hamorick said.

This is a developing story; check back at wsoctv.com for updates.

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