Four arrested, guns seized after chase ends near Charlotte’s SouthPark area

Four arrested, guns seized after chase ends near Charlotte’s SouthPark area

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Four people were arrested in a Wednesday shooting and police chase that ended near Charlotte’s SouthPark area Wednesday night.

The shooting happened in the Woodbridge neighborhood off Yateswood Drive around 10 p.m. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say they located the suspect vehicle but the driver refused to stop and a 7-mile chase ensued.

The vehicle, a white Toyota Rav4 reported stolen from a dealership, crashed into a GMC Yukon on Providence Road at Fairview Road and the suspects took off, police say. The four suspects were caught a short time later.

Michael Thomas, 18, David Waybe Burns, 19, Tyliek Stevenson, 18, and Isaiah Richardson, 19, were charged in the case. Three guns were located inside the Rav4 and seized.

Thomas, who police say was driving the suspect vehicle, was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, flee to elude a law enforcement officer, discharging a firearm within city limits, resist/delay/obstruct a public officer and three counts of damage to property.

Burns was charged with possession of stolen property, discharging a firearm within city limits, resist/obstruct/delay a public officer and three counts of damage to property. Stevenson was charged with discharging a firearm within city limits, resist/delay/obstruct a public officer and three counts of damage to property.

Richardson was charged with discharging a firearm within city limits, resist/delay/obstruct a public officer and three counts of damage to property.

Several patrol cars were seen as heavy police activity was reported in the area.

A resident said an officer with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department advised them to stay in their home as officers were searching in the area.

Emergency officials with Mecklenburg EMS say one person was taken to the hospital from the area with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say no one was shot and no injuries were reported in the crash. Detectives are continuing to investigate the case and say additional charges are possible.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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