CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Detectives and Homicide/ADW Unit have arrested a man they say is responsible for shooting a 14-year-old.
The call for service came in from the 2200 block of Augusta Street in north Charlotte at 12:32 p.m. on Friday.
Officers responded to the assault with a deadly weapon call and found the 14-year-old victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the arm.
Captain Eddie Levins of CMPD said the victim told police, "He was outside – he was struck by a bullet while playing outside."
The victim was then taken by Medic to Carolinas Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Due to the victim's age, his name is not being released.
Detectives canvassed the area to determine whether there were any witnesses to the incident.
Neighbors said they heard a noise.
"I heard a gunshot but I thought it was a firecracker" says Sharon Weathers, who operates Lincoln Heights Daycare. "I was on my way out to the car but then something told me to turn back around and I started doing something else so I didn't come to the door to see what was going on."
Another neighbor told WBTV she looked outside and saw the young boy sitting on a porch. He was bleeding from the elbow.
Neighbors didn't know if it was a stray bullet, an accidental shooting, or a drive-by.
Then, around 7 p.m., detectives arrested Jason Laval Dobie, 29, and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
Police say Dobie knew the 14-year-old victim, and that this was not a random act of violence.
Officers say two other children were outside at the time of the shooting. They were not injured. Detectives questioned them to see what they saw.
"A shooting is going on where children come – we go out and play. Luckily we weren't outside. Our children were inside" says Weathers. "It's a horrible scene. I hate that something would happen around the daycare center – a shooting going on."
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call (704)432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. You can also call Crime Stoppers at (704)334-1600, or visit the Crime Stoppers mobile app website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.