CMPD investigating string of shootings across Charlotte Tuesday

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police are investigating four separate shootings after a violent Tuesday across Charlotte.

Officers do not think that the string of shootings were connected.

The latest shooting happened around 11 p.m. on Brooktree Drive in northwest Charlotte where officers said someone shot a woman. She was the fifth victim of the four shootings.

Officers initially were called out to Brookshire Boulevard around 4:30 p.m. and found one person shot at a gas station and another victim at his home on McGinn Grove Drive. He drove to his house after bullets were fired into his car, shattering the glass and cutting him, according to police.

Sean Rutherford, 17, was arrested at the scene of the Brookshire Boulevard shooting and charged with possession of a stolen firearm, possession of handgun by a minor and a drug charge, officials said. They have not made any other arrests yet.

The scene on McGinn Grove Drive was disheartening to Dennis McGinn, whose grandfather once owned this land where officers stood Tuesday night.

“It wasn't like that when he owned it,” McGinn said. “We've lost a lot of sleep over it, I'll tell you that.”

Just an hour later, another shooting was reported off The Plaza in a shopping center. Officers said a man and a woman were shot in a car and both were rushed to the hospital with serious injuries.

A third shooting happened around 8:30 p.m. near the KT Express at Milton Road and Barrington Drive in east Charlotte. The victim's girlfriend said she heard gunshots from her apartment nearby.

"I wouldn't expect for this to happen," Ciara Ferguson said about her boyfriend, Deondere Brown, 24, who was shot.

She said he was walking back from the store when he heard gunshots going off near Sharon Pines Apartments. He was shot in the leg and had injuries that were not life-threatening.

Then came the shooting around 11 p.m. on Brooktree Drive. In that case, police said the woman who was shot wound up at a different scene, about two and a half miles away on Darby Avenue.

Investigators have not said how she got there, but did tell Channel 9 she refused to go to the hospital in an ambulance.

Police haven't said whether they have any suspects in that case or what prompted the shooting.

Residents told Channel they just want this violence to stop.

“I don't know what's going on, but I just wish Charlotte was the same Charlotte that it used to be,” one man said.

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