CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A 12-year-old boy was struck by a stray bullet while waiting for his school bus in north Charlotte Thursday morning.
Police say the alleged shooter, identified as Ray Shawn Daniels, was aiming for a group of people outside a motel on Reagan Drive, but instead shot the boy in the leg.
According to officials with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, a Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s deputy happened to be driving by when he heard the shots and responded to the scene.
As the deputy approached, he saw Daniels get into the passenger side of a vehicle driven by a second suspect.
The pair fled, and Deputy Corey Thompson followed them down I-85 South. Officials say during the chase, Daniels turned the gun on Thompson, shooting and hitting the deputy's patrol car.
The suspects exited the freeway and ditched their car somewhere near Linwood Avenue.
The chase continued on foot, with MCSO deputies and CMPD officers joining the search for the two men. Detectives say they eventually caught up to Daniels, thanks to a tip from a witness, and also found the gun they say he used in the shooting.
Daniels is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm by felon, and discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle.
The second suspect, who police say was driving the car, has yet to be identified.
The young boy who was shot was transported to the hospital, where police say he is in stable condition.