Woman fatally shot in east Charlotte, prompting lockdown at nearby school

Woman fatally shot in east Charlotte, prompting lockdown at nearby school
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are investigating a homicide on the 3400 block of Biscayne Dr. in east Charlotte. (Source: Bria Bell)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A homicide investigation is underway after a woman was fatally shot in east Charlotte Wednesday morning.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police tweeted about the investigation, stating that Arianna Edmonds, 22, was pronounced deceased on Biscayne Drive, which is just off Eastway Drive. Officials at the scene said the victim was found dead on a trail in a wooded area around 8:47 a.m.

A woman's body was found on a trail in a wooded area off Biscayne Dr. in east Charlotte.
A woman's body was found on a trail in a wooded area off Biscayne Dr. in east Charlotte. (Source: Bria Bell)

Nearby Eastway Middle School was placed on lockdown for about 15 minutes as police investigated. The school sent a message to families alerting them of the situation:

“Good morning Eastway Middle families. This is Principal Webb with an important announcement. This morning our school was placed on lockdown by CMPD for about 15 minutes before school started due to some police activity on Biscayne Dr. behind the shopping center. Some of our buses needed to be rerouted due to the lockdown. They returned after the lockdown was lifted. All students and staff were safe and never in danger. Once the lockdown was lifted, we started our day with teaching and learning. Thank you for your involvement at Eastway.”

After the woman’s body was found, police canvassed the area searching for witnesses. There is no word on any possible motive or suspects.

The discovery startled shoppers at the nearby Eastland Square.

""A lot of people frequent this area. I work up the street and it could happen to anybody. It could happen to you. It could happen to me," shopper Kirt Norflee said.

People were especially concerned with her body being found in such close proximity to the middle school.

""I have friends that have children that go to that school and it is frightening! It makes me want to do something about it I don’t know what," shopper Debbie Jackson said.

This marks the 74th homicide in Charlotte this year, and Johnson is calling for change.

""How are all these people getting guns? I don’t think everybody that has a gun should have a gun," she said.

Anyone with information about the case should call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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