16-year-old charged in shooting death of innocent bystander during altercation at Epicentre

Updated: Oct. 5, 2019 at 3:42 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A 16-year-old accused of shooting and ultimately killing an innocent bystander in uptown Charlotte Monday afternoon has been arrested.

The shots broke out around 4:00 p.m. near the Epicentre on N. College Street. Officers say a group of people in the Epicentre got into an altercation and someone started shooting. One bullet struck 74-year-old John Holaday, who was walking along College Street.

WBTV was there, covering an ongoing fire at Rooster’s Wood-Fire Kitchen, as the shots rang out. Paramedics gave first aid to Holaday before rushing him to the hospital. He was still listed in critical condition Tuesday morning.

Holaday, Chairman, Founder and CEO of DisposeRx, was in town from Washington, D.C., for a business meeting.

On October 5, CMPD reported that Holaday had been pronounced deceased from his injuries.

“Words cannot describe the immense sadness and grief we feel in losing our leader, mentor, colleague and friend,” said DisposeRx President William Simpson. “While we will continue to struggle with the senseless and tragic way in which John died, we will honor him every day in the way that we operate and represent DisposeRx. We are more committed than ever to fulfilling his dreams.”

Tuesday, police announced they arrested Raheem Shacklette in the shooting. He was one of several people initially detained by officers Monday.

A 16-year-old was arrested and charged in the shooting of an innocent bystander in uptown...
A 16-year-old was arrested and charged in the shooting of an innocent bystander in uptown Charlotte Monday.(Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office)

Raheem Shacklette was interviewed by detectives and taken to the Mecklenburg County Jail, where he was charged with attempted murder, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a minor. On October 5, his charges were later upgraded to include murder following the announcement that Holaday had been declared deceased.

Police say three additional people, 17-year-old Taizojh Smith, 19-year-old Hazeem Shacklette and 20-year-old Ulondis Edwards, have been charged in connection with a fight that happened before the shooting.

Captain Julie Barry says uptown Charlotte is a safe, despite Monday’s incident. “This is not about the location per say, it’s about a 16-year-old who is making a bad decision, a critical decision, and it is hurting an innocent bystander,” Barry said.

Barry says the department is trying to put an end to young people trying to “settle the score” with gunfire.

There is no word on what may have sparked the altercation that led to the shooting. The fire at Rooster’s was deemed accidental by officials.

Raheem Shacklette was in court Tuesday afternoon, and got no bond on the attempted murder charge. He got $25,000 bond and $10,000 bond on the other two charges. He is expected in court two more times this month.

“We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the emergency responders and staff of Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center for the amazing care and compassion that they showed to John and his family during the most difficult of days,” said Denis Connaghan, DisposeRx Chief Financial Officer.

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