One dead, two injured in Concord crowd shooting

One man is dead following a shooting in Concord Monday night. (Source:WBTV)
One man is dead following a shooting in Concord Monday night. (Source:WBTV)

CONCORD, N.C. (WBTV) - One person is dead and two others are injured after someone shot into a large crowd in Concord Monday night.

The Concord Police Department went to Griffin Circle where the crowd shooting was reported just before 8 p.m. Columbus Simmons, 21, and two others were shot in what police are calling an altercation.

Police say a large group of people took off running away from the area.

Simmons went to Carolinas Medical Center-Northeast where he later died. The names of the other two people shot were not released. Police say they suffered minor injuries.

On Tuesday investigators said that they were conducting interviews and following up.

The area where the shooting occurred is known as Concord's Logan Community.  Over the years it has been the scene of violent crime, though many in the community are working to improve conditions there.

Still, they say when they hear about an incident like the one that took place on Monday, it is disheartening.

"We view that as a tragedy because you're not involved in Christ," said Brother William Linder who attends the nearby First Missionary Baptist Church and volunteers in efforts to help the community.  "Otherwise you would stop and think and do different than you have already done."

"We look at the tragedy of it and we pray for people try to teach them, a lot of people in the neighborhood involved in that or that surrounding, we try to reach out to them and give them a different way of thinking," Linder added.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Concord Police Department at 704-920-5000 or Cabarrus County Crimestoppers at 704-93-CRIME.

The shooting remains under investigation.

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