Pregnant woman, man shot in NW Charlotte, suspects lead police on high-speed chase

Mike Rode | WBTV
Mike Rode | WBTV
Tahjah Quarles and Reco Perry
Tahjah Quarles and Reco Perry

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Two people were taken into custody after a double shooting in northwest Charlotte led to a high-speed police chase into Gaston County Wednesday afternoon.

The shooting happened in the 1200 block of Effingham Road. Two people went to Carolinas Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. After speaking with witnesses on the scene, police say the shooting took place on Alice Street and the victims ran to Effingham Road for help.

Police haven't identified the victims but did say one is a pregnant woman and the other a man.

Yolanda Warren works at A Mouthful restaurant off Tuckaseegee Road. She said the man who was shot came into her eatery shortly before the incident happened. Warren said he ordered food and left the restaurant. She claims that after the man left, he got shot and went to the hospital, but then returned to A Mouthful after he was released to pick up his order.

"He came back and got his food. I guess our food is that good," said Warren.

Warren has been working in the northwest Charlotte neighborhood for 10 years. She said her business has never had an issue with crime in the community, and she didn't like hearing about Wednesday's violent incident.

"Get it together because people live around here that have nothing to do with what you have going on," said Warren in reference to the shooting.

Officers were able to get a description of the suspects and suspected vehicle before locating the car near Brookshire Boulevard and I-85. A pursuit began after the driver refused to pull over leading police into Gaston County.

Officials say the occupants of the car jumped and ran near the McAdenville Exit and was taken into custody. Reco Lamont Perry and Tahjah Adarrious Quarles were later identified as the suspects occupying the car.

The suspects of the case and the victims know each other, police say.

Perry and Quarles were both charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, felony conspiracy, battery of an unborn child and resisting arrest. It was determined that Perry was the driver of the car during the pursuit and will face additional charges.

Investigators have not revealed a possible motive for the shooting.

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