Man charged, accused of firing into Uber car, killing passenger, hurting another

Gunman opens fire into Uber car, killing passenger, hurting another

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested and charged a 28-year-old man accused of firing shots into a rideshare vehicle, killing one passenger and hurting another in northeast Charlotte Saturday evening.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were called to the scene just before 5 p.m. on Old Concord Road near W.T. Harris Boulevard and Newell Park.

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Investigators said a car followed behind an Uber driver’s vehicle until it stopped near W.T. Harris Boulevard. That’s when police said Trevor Lloyd Powell, who was inside the car, fired several shots into the back seat of the Uber.

The Uber driver pulled off to get away from the gunfire and immediately called 911.

A passenger in the Uber, 19-year-old Jacquez Moore, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other passenger, a 22-year-old woman, was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities said the two passengers requested the Uber shortly before the shooting.

The rideshare driver was not hurt in the shooting, police said.

Powell was charged Wednesday with murder, attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, three counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied moving vehicle, and possession of marijuana.

Trevor Powell
Trevor Powell

Detectives told Channel 9 earlier that they believe the two victims in the Uber were targeted.

“It does not appear to be random but at this time I can’t confirm that,” CMPD Maj. David Robinson said earlier in the week.

The road was shut down for hours while authorities investigated the scene.

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“It hurts and it always will and until we figure out a way to keep people from doing bad things to each other we’re going to still be out here talking about it," Robinson said.

As police searched for the driver, another shooting was reported around 11 p.m. Sunday on Siegle Avenue. An Uber Driver, who did not want to be named, told Channel 9′s Tina Terry she had just dropped off customers at a local nightclub when she heard gunshots.

“I couldn’t see where it was coming from because it was behind me,” the Uber driver said. “After my passengers exited, I was trying to get out of the area ASAP. As soon as I tried to pull away, a car that had one of the shooters in it came past my car, looked me in the face and fired several times. I’m entirely grateful. I just thank God to be alive.”

This is an ongoing investigation. Check back with wsoctv.com for updates.