CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police officers were nearby Tuesday afternoon as students were dropped off at a school bus stop in west Charlotte, just a day after a teenager was shot in the area.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District confirmed a student was injured in the shooting after getting off the school bus Monday afternoon.
Police said they were called to the area near Tuckaseegee Road and Timberbrook Drive around 3:15 p.m., after reports of a series of shots fired when students were dropped off.
Chopper 9 Skyzoom flew over the scene and saw a school bus, along with several police cars and an ambulance.
“I was just walking home, then all I know is six gunshots,” student Robert Tucker said.
Officers said when they first arrived to the area, no victim was found. They said the 16-year-old victim, identified as Jonquile Dozier, arrived home at the Lake Arbor Apartments and reported to his family that he had been shot.
Police said both the victim and the suspect were on the bus before the shooting.
“He said he was OK, but I didn’t think he was OK so I was just trying to get everything to warm him up and keep him warm,” a witness said.
Police said the student's injuries are non-life threatening. Channel 9's Elsa Gillis spoke with someone who knows him and said he is expected to be OK.
Police said the suspect is also high school-aged but did not release a name.
"There are no indications of any kind of a disagreement or altercation on the bus before the drop off,” said Sgt. Steve Fischbach, with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
Neighbors told Channel 9 they heard multiple shots.
“Oh, my God. It sounded like they were right there by that fence. Maybe five or six shots, I don’t know,” neighbor Susan Ward said.
CMS officials said the district is working with law enforcement. According to a police report, the student attended RAM Academy, which is a part of Harding High School.
Investigators combed through the area near Lake Arbor Apartments in search of evidence and the shooter.
"I just hope he is OK, because he was getting off the school bus, and he got shot," a witness said.
No one has been arrested.
Police believe there were numerous people around when the shooting happened and are asking anyone, including students, to contact them with information.
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