Authorities charge man after teen shot in Carowinds parking lot

YORK COUNTY, S.C. — Brock Alexander Beuley-Goodridge, 22, was charged with attempted murder Tuesday in the shooting of a teenager Monday night at Carowinds.


Deputies said a 14-year-old boy was shot twice in the abdomen by Beuley-Goodridge, who drove up and fired several shots at him in the parking lot of the amusement park.

The call for shots fired went out just after 7 p.m. on the South Carolina side of the park that straddles the state line.

Paramedics said the teen suffered serious injuries, but there has been no update on his condition.

"We are assisting both Charlotte-Mecklenburg police and the York County Sheriff’s Office in this active investigation" Carowinds officials said.

Deputies said there was an argument inside the park earlier in the day between teenagers, and Bewley-Goodridge inserted himself into the argument. Hours later, the dispute ended up in the parking lot, where teen was shot twice in the stomach area.

"We view this as an isolated incident," York County Sheriff's Office spokesman Trent Faris said. "I can tell you we believe it stemmed from an earlier argument that happened inside the park."

He said the shooting happened as the park was closing.

Sheriff's investigators don’t believe there was ever a gun inside Carowinds.  They believe Beuley-Goodridge pulled up in the bus parking lot, got out of his car and fired at the victim.

They said he fired the gun recklessly, without concern for others who were around in the area at the time.

Deputies said an eyewitness at a gas station just outside the park on Carowinds Boulevard heard someone in the suspect's car talking about going to the park and assaulting the victim.

A short time later, the shooting happened.

Police were looking for a blue Dodge Magnum, and a search warrant revealed that CMPD found that car with a paper tag in the parking lot at Waterford Square Apartments on Pineville-Matthews Road in south Charlotte.

The vehicle was towed to the York County Sheriff's Office where it is being processes for evidence.

Witnesses told police that a man with dread locks got out of the car and fired several shots at the victim.

The report noted that two girls were fighting near the victim when he was shot, but it didn't indicate whether the argument played a role in the shooting.

Responding deputies found the teenage victim sitting in the grass when they arrived.

The park was closed Tuesday and is now operating on weekends only under its regular fall schedule.

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