Report of shots fired at Charlotte church triggers massive police response

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Reports of shots fired during an event at a north Charlotte church triggered a massive police response late Sunday night.

The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. at Freedom House Church on Salome Church Road.

Authorities told Channel 9 around 100 kids were outside the church for a weekly teen service when a fight broke out in the parking lot.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said an officer working off duty at Freedom House Church was responding to the parking lot area when shots were fired nearby.

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According to CMPD, that officer was told that shots were also being fired inside the church.

Dozens of officers responded to the scene but investigators determined no shots were actually fired inside the church and that nobody was hurt.

Officials said officers searched the area and the church evacuated everyone, but there was no evidence shots were fired.

Police said officers in the University Division will continue to patrol the area for any suspicious activity.

No other information has been released.

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