• Police investigating reports of shots fired at gas station near UNCC campus

    By: Briana Harper


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are investigating reports of shots fired at a gas station near the University of North Carolina Charlotte. 

    Police said the shooting happened off-campus on University Boulevard at a 7/11 gas station, less than a mile from a main entrance to campus. 

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    Officials said they received calls around 2 p.m. of several subjects shooting at each other, but by the time officers got there, the suspects had taken off.

    Investigators said they did collect several shell casings. 

    Channel 9 spoke to Scott Ferguson, who said he was pumping gas when he heard arguing, the sound of a glass bottle break, then he saw two guys start to shoot. 

    "I peeped around the right side of the pump and two guys were in an altercation. There was two quick shots," Ferguson said. "The first individual ran to my right, the second guy ran around the building firing. He probably got off 10 to 12 shots. It's as much a condition of people's hearts and mentality and how they were raised. It has nothing to do with guns and violence. It's the person's hand that's on it."

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    Neighbors said they are feeling the concern for safety more and more. This is the third shooting in the University area in the last week. 

    "All of a sudden I heard, I don't know how many shots, a bunch of shots," witness Ronald Duncan said. "It used to be pretty peaceful over here, but lately it's nothing like it used to be. I guess that goes to the whole city. It just gets worse and worse. They need to find another way to solve their problems. Killing ain't the way."

    Ferguson said he did give police a good description of the suspects and their cars. 

    No arrests have been made. 

    Check back with wsoctv.com for more information. 

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