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2 dead, 12 hurt after gunfire erupts at north Charlotte Juneteenth party

Mark Price
Charlotte ObserverJune 22, 2020, 5:53 AM EDT

Two people were killed and at least 12 hurt early Monday after a Juneteenth street party erupted in gunfire in the 1800 block of Beatties Ford Road in north Charlotte, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

Five of the 12 injured people were struck by cars as they began scrambling across streets away from the gunfire, police said.

As many as six of the people had life-threatening injuries, Medic told the Observer’s news partner WBTV.

It happened about 12:30 a.m. near Catherine Simmons Avenue. The area runs parallel to Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Park.

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The gunfire started after police were called to the area in connection with a pedestrian struck by a vehicle shortly after midnight, CMPD Deputy Chief Johnny Jennings told news outlets at the scene.

“A short time later, they located a female victim with an apparent gunshot wound, lying in the roadway on Beatties Ford Road. The victim was pronounced deceased on the scene by Medic,” CMPD said in a press release.

Eight others were struck by gunfire on Beatties Ford Road, police said. One of those people was taken to a local hospital by Medic with life-threatening injuries, police said, and was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later.

Investigators say there is evidence “several shooters discharged dozens of shots into the crowd.”


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