Six injured as police investigate four shootings in Charlotte

Six injured as police investigate four shootings in Charlotte
Mcginn Grove Drive scene (Jordan Sawyers | WBTV)
Mcginn Grove Drive scene (Jordan Sawyers | WBTV)
Barrington Drive and Milton Road (Alex Giles | WBTV)
Barrington Drive and Milton Road (Alex Giles | WBTV)
Rutherford (Source: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office)
Rutherford (Source: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Police in Charlotte are investigating four shootings that left at least six people injured Tuesday. Police say the shootings were not related.

The latest shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. on Brooktree Drive in west Charlotte. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say a woman was shot and drove herself to a nearby home on Darby Avenue. From there, she went to the hospital with minor injuries. Wednesday, the victim was identified as Lakertia Brown.

Sharon Caldwell lives near Brooktree Drive. She told WBTV she saw the crime scene when she got home from work.

"Time to go. Time to go," Caldwell said. "It is time for me to move."

Caldwell also said she has a message for the gunman. "Get it together. Get your life together and turn it over to God. That is the only way you are going to get it together," Caldwell said. "These gun shootings need to stop."

Earlier in the day, police say two people were shot along Brookshire Boulevard, two people were shot along The Plaza and one person was shot on Barrington Drive.

Police were called to the 5600 block of Brookshire Boulevard around 4:34 p.m. for a reported assault. When they arrived, they found a person with a gunshot wound. Another person was found about a mile away along the 400 block of McGinn Grove Drive.

Both were taken by Medic to Carolinas Medical Center with serious injuries.

Sean Rutherford, 17, was arrested at the scene on unrelated charges. Rutherford is charged with a drug-related charge, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a handgun by a minor.

Witnesses tell WBTV they were filling up their vehicle at the Shell gas station along Brookshire Blvd. when they heard what sounded like seven gun shots.

Police spent hours combing through evidence, including a box that appeared to contain a hand gun that was sitting on the ground near the gas pumps.

The gas station opened back up around 8:30. Angela Huntley pulled in not long after having no clue what the scene looked like hours prior.

"The gas exploded everywhere, all over my car," Huntley said.  A bullet hole in the fuel hose appeared to be the culprit, possibly from one of the many shots fired.

"This is a good area, so it's very surprising," Huntley said.

Less than an hour after the shooting on Brookshire, two people were found with gunshot wounds in east Charlotte around 5:30 p.m Tuesday. According to MEDIC, both were transported to the hospital after being found along The Plaza and Milton Road.

Medical officials say one person was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with serious injuries, another person was taken to the hospital with critical injuries.

"We just can pray for them. Pray for their families. Think of all the lives that have been hurt-just have to offer prayer," said Rufus Kearney, a Charlotte man who stopped to observe the shooting scene.

Tuesday night, officers responded to a third shooting around 8 p.m. This one was at the intersection of Barrington Drive and Milton Road, which is one mile away from the earlier shooting along The Plaza.

Witnesses told police a car pulled up next to a man walking to an apartment complex and fired shots. One witness said she heard about five or six shots as she was walking down the block and ducked for cover.

"I ducked and I kept walking and cars was moving. I assumed everything was alright, but it's not," said Karen Spann.

A woman, who identified herself as the victim's girlfriend, says she became worried about him, then heard gun shots and went outside to find him on the ground.

"I mean he don't have no problems around here so I wouldn't expect for this to happen," said Ciera Ferguson.

MEDIC says they transported one person to Carolinas Medical Center from the scene with minor injuries.

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