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Crime Stoppers: Did a pellet or a bullet hit Family Dollar?

(Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte Mecklenburg Police) (Surveillance video courtesy Charlotte Mecklenburg Police)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Was it a pellet gun, or a real bullet? Police aren't sure yet, but they do know a teenager took a shot at a Family Dollar store window.

This all started on a Saturday night with a slap fight among three teenagers in front of the Family Dollar on West Sugar Creek road. It was harmless goofing around - for a while.

All three were seen on surveillance loitering and the manager told them to either come in or leave.

They all went in. But minutes later, one who was wearing a white t-shirt with a print on the front walked out without paying for a soda in his hand. The manager followed him out and told him, "Young man you're not allowed here again. Leave the property."

But he didn't go away. He stayed around in the parking lot to talk to some girls.

"[The manager] told him again," said CMPD Detective Tori Roddey, "And a lot of young men these days, especially in front of ladies, feel bold. So he started mouthing back off at the guy. And they started going at it back and forth."

Next, the teenager pulls out a gun.

"He's really talking a lot of trash to the manager now, so he makes his way to the middle of the parking lot and the next thing you know, they hear a gunshot," Detective Roddey said.

On surveillance, everyone in the store can be seen ducking. The outside pane of a double-pane window is shattered.

I asked the detective if they were able to recover a bullet. 

"And that's when it gets tricky, because when the detective came out, he couldn't find a bullet fragment, or a bullet case, which makes us believe this silver gun was a BB gun or pellet gun," he said.

But the fact remains - everyone in the store heard a loud bang.

"Speaking to the manager, he said, 'I'm from Detroit. I hear shots all the time, and that sounds like a gun,' but right now we can't say that for sure," the detective said.

Detective Roddey said two of the teens won't be charged and, if he can talk to them, they will lead him to the shooter who will be charged if they find out the gun was real.

Do you know who they are? Call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 and you won't have to leave your name.

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