Fight at party in University City student apartment complex leaves 1 dead, 3 injured

Published: Aug. 31, 2019 at 11:16 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - One person is dead and three others are injured after a shooting at 49er North student housing center in University City.

Now police are searching for the person who carried out a shooting near UNC Charlotte.

19-year-old Christian Estes is dead, two UNC-Charlotte students are injured and another man is fighting for his life.

All because of gunshots that went off at a party on Rebecca Bailey Drive early this morning.

Students who were in the area to witness the shooting describe it with one word: chaos.

For many students who were at UNCC this past spring during the shooting, they say this violence near campus at the start of their new school year is setting them off.

“We heard chaos erupt, the gunshots, people screaming and kids running,” said Jack Dugdale, a resident in the area.

Jack Dugdale just moved in here and was hanging out with friends early Saturday morning when he estimates he heard four or five gunshots inside the fence of a neighboring apartment complex.

Officers were called to the off-campus student apartments at 12:52 a.m. Saturday morning to Rebecca Bailey Drive.

Police say a party was being held at one of the apartment units and multiple people were having an argument outside the unit.

Shortly after, the argument escalated and a shooting took place.

“I knew a few people in the party or near the party and they said it was just chaos like it was on campus last spring,” said Olivia Day. Day is a junior at UNCC.

She lives just around the corner from where shots rang out at a party Saturday night.

“I’m feeling pretty stressed out just because of what happened last semester too and I’m in shock," said Day.

UNCC shooting survivor Drew Pescaro tweeted out he was sick over the news.

Other students agreed.

“Hearing that there’s another shooting, not on campus but off campus, you feel like you can’t like really be safe,” said Poseidon Moore, a UNCC student.

Police found Christian Malik Estes, 19, in front of the apartment and two additional female victims were located behind the apartment, all with an apparent gunshot wounds.

All three were rushed to the hospital, where Estes was later pronounced deceased.

The two female victims, both of which have non-life threatening injuries according to police, are enrolled at UNCC.

Police say a fourth victim was transported by unknown individuals to hospital. The man is being treated for a life-threatening gunshot wound to his chest.

The shooting was approximately two miles from the UNC Charlotte campus. UNC Charlotte Police and CMPD determined there was no continuous threat from the incident to the University campus.

“You got kids going to college trying to make lives for themselves and an argument at a party causes this chaos," said Dugdale.

”I wish people would stop. I wish it would all go away so we could have one peaceful semester on campus and off campus too," said Day.

Police are searching for suspects now.

This apartment complex was also the location of a kidnapping that led to the rape of a woman just two months prior.

Anyone with information about this homicide can call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers website at

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