CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A business owner shot and killed a man breaking into their southeast Charlotte shop early Monday morning, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say.
The break-in was reported by an alarm company around 4:33 a.m. at the American Beauty and Garden Center in the 4400 block of E. Independence Boulevard. Around the same time, a man called 911 saying that he spotted an intruder in the business on a security camera.
The man called back shortly after and told the 911 operator that he just shot someone at the store.
Police say they arrived to find the alleged intruder, identified as 20-year-old Justin Anderson, shot behind the business. Medic pronounced him dead on the scene.
CMPD says it appears Anderson entered the business by smashing the front glass window. When the business owner arrived, Anderson reportedly ran out of the front door before he was shot. He then ran behind the business.
"As soon as a got here I saw the tape and I knew something was up because I never see anything like that around here," said CJ Williamson, who owns a business a couple doors down. "It makes me a little scared because I obviously want to protect my business. This is everything I own, this is my life."
At this point, it is not clear if the intruder was armed or where exactly he was shot.
"I kind of understand what the business owner down here is going through, but I don't know if I would have gone through those lengths to protect my business," said Williams
Officials have not said if the alleged shooter was taken into custody or whether any charges will be filed.
Whitney Brown works at Avis a few doors down from where the shooting happened. She there was an attempted robbery at her businesses a few years ago. Because of that, they purchased more security for the building.
"It happened to us and now it happened to them. It is not a safe area," said Brown. "We have that extra security, so we feel safe and the people inside feel safe as well."
Officials are asking anyone with information about the incident to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
Anderson's family has been notified of his death.