Arrest made in deadly shooting outside Concord hospital

SKY3: Shooting investigation underway at CMC-Northeast ER entrance

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A man accused in a deadly shooting outside CMC-Northeast on Feb. 6 has been was arrested Wednesday morning.

Exavier Malique Williams, 19, is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Damon Fard Bruce of Concord, police announced Wednesday.

Concord police say they were called to a shooting near the entrance of CMC-Northeast’s E/R on Church Street around 1 p.m. Officers arrived to find two men in the parking lot.

Police said that immediately following the shooting, Bruce was treated by Cabarrus County paramedics who were nearby in the ambulance bay. Bruce was taken inside the hospital where he died from his injuries.

Williams, who told police that he was responsible for the shooting, was taken into custody at the scene. He was later released pending an additional investigation. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested him in the shooting Friday morning.

Damon Fard Bruce
Damon Fard Bruce (Source: Concord Police Department)

According to Major Robert Ledwell of the Concord Police Department, the two men knew each other and were involved in an altercation.

“Obviously any situation, whether it’s random or an acquaintance concerns us, but at this point, both sides, hospital and police department took the appropriate action to make sure this didn’t any further," Ledwell said.

Officers tweeted about the incident around 1:15 p.m., later saying there was no threat to the public.

From WBTV’s Sky3, police could be seen roping off areas of the hospital parking lot as they investigated the reported shooting.

An employee says Atrium sent a message to staff shortly after 1 p.m. about an ‘Active Shooter’ security alert. Concord Police have since reported this was not a random active shooter event but instead an altercation between two people who knew each other.

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Neither of the men were patients at the hospital, police say, but the men shared a common acquaintance who was a patient.

Police say the hospital followed protocol to keep its employees safe during the situation.

Police are working to see whether surveillance caught the deadly encounter.

Visitors to the hospital during the time of the shooting told WBTV they were kept informed by staff as to what was happening. Tyler Moore, visiting his fiance, said it was frightening.

“This is the first time I’ve ever experienced something like that, it’s crazy, like you say it’s supposed to be a safe place for people to come but right now it’s not," Moore said.

Williams is being held under a $12,500 bond in the Cabarrus County Jail. He faces four other unrelated charges stemming from an investigation in Mecklenburg County.

Williams
Williams (Source: Concord Police Department)

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