“Several shooters discharged dozens of shots into the crowd,” a police release said preliminary information indicated. No one was in custody as of Monday morning.
A female victim who was shot was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Her age and identity weren’t released. Another victim was pronounced dead at a hospital; no further information about the second fatality was released.
Jennings initially said the five people were hit by vehicles while running away, but the police statement later said the first person hit by a car was believed to be the call officers were initially responding to, while the other four were struck by vehicles fleeing the gunfire. All five are believed to have suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The shooting took place on Beatties Ford Road in northern Charlotte, police said.
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