CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Four people were arrested after a student was shot Sunday morning at Johnson C. Smith University, according to police. None of the arrested individuals are JCSU students.
Everett Phifer, Elijah Craig, Juan Leon, and Shalique Edmond were all charged in connection to the campus shooting. Terry Harley, who police say was sitting in his vehicle on campus, was shot in the chest. Harley, who is a student at the university, was an innocent bystander and was not targeted, according to information released by the university.
The shooting happened around 2:15 a.m. in the 100 block of Beatties Ford Road. Harley was taken to the hospital with one gunshot wound and is expected to be OK.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say Phifer was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and shooting into an occupied vehicle. He was also charged with having and discharging a firearm on school grounds.
According to reports, Leon was also charged with shooting a gun on school property and having a gun on school grounds.
The President of Johnson C. Smith University, Dr. Ronald Carter said the student was not from Charlotte and that his parent had been called.
A JCSU Police Officer reportedly heard shots being fired early Sunday morning and was able to see someone get into a burgundy vehicle that had other people inside.
The suspects tried to drive away from campus but the officer was able to initiate a traffic stop. When the car refused to stop, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were able to assist campus police in what was called a brief high-speed pursuit. The pursuit ended when the suspect's vehicle crashed at the intersection of Beatties Ford Road and Russell Avenue.
Police say several of the passengers from the vehicle were detained and three guns and some marijuana was seized as evidence. The individuals were taken to CMPD headquarters and were interviewed. Four of them ended up being arrested.
Phifer, Craig, and Leon were all charged with gun related charges and Shalique Edmond was charged with possession of marijuana and failing to stop for blue lights and siren.
Police say the suspects were on campus for a party, but were denied entry because they were not students.
An alert went out from the university Sunday morning to inform student of the shooting and to let them know the school was on lockdown. Students were encouraged to stay in their rooms until the curfew was lifted at 7 a.m.
Dr. Carter said the "The normal quiet of our campus was disturbed," and councilors will be available to students on Sunday and throughout the week.
This is the first shooting to happen on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University.