Arrest made in shooting at elementary school student drop-off line

Man arrested for charges related to elementary school shooting
Man charged for shooting out Charlotte elementary school

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A man accused of shooting at a driver exiting an elementary school drop-off line Monday morning was arrested.

The incident happened outside Lawrence Orr Elementary School around 9 a.m. The 24 year old male victim tells WBTV he believes he was set up by his ex-girlfriend.

Tuesday, police announced 25-year-old Devontrez Malic Moore was arrested as a result of the investigation and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, possession of a weapon on school grounds and discharging a weapon on school grounds.

Devontrez Malic Moore
Devontrez Malic Moore (Source: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office)

CMPD says the intended target was exiting the parking lot when another person got out and started shooting. No one was hurt. The victim says his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend is the person who fired at least two shots at him. He says his ex told him to bring his children’s bookbags to the school Monday morning.

The man says the kids stayed with him over the weekend and that when he handed the bookbags over to his ex-girlfriend in her car, that’s when he saw the boyfriend. He says he has had issues with him before but never thought he would shoot him. Police say this was not a random act of violence and suspect knew the victim.

The shooting forced an immediate school lockdown, which was lifted by 11 a.m.

The suspect fired a weapon with kids standing about 150 yards away.

“I pray that they catch whomever has committed this crime,” Driver Marie Bittle said. “And that they will go away for a long time.”

Police believe a person got out of the car prior to drop off, dropped off their kids and picked up the shooter as they were exiting the school parking lot.

Police say as the intended target was driving off in a gray vehicle, he struck another vehicle at the stop sign. Moore reportedly ran from the scene.

Charlotte Mecklenburg School (CMS) sent out a Connect-Ed message to parents alerting them about the shooting. This is the second time this school year shots rang out with students nearby at a CMS elementary school. Parents want to know if more can be done to keep kids safe at school.

"I was a little concerned," Parent John Stefano said. "It's just lock up the doors and close everything down and that's basically all we can do right now unfortunately."

CMPD says the shooter was firing away from the school. No names or possible motives were released.

Lawrence Orr Elementary School is located on Shamrock Drive near N Sharon Amity.

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