‘An innocent victim.’ Woman fatally shot while picking up granddaughter from birthday party

Woman killed during birthday party

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A woman was shot and killed Saturday night while picking up her granddaughter from a party in north Charlotte.

Police responded to the 300 block of West 28th Street just after 10:30 p.m. and found the woman, later identified as 63-year-old Wilma Jean Petty, with an apparent gunshot wound. Medic said she was found dead on arrival.

On Wednesday, CMPD held a press conference along with Petty’s family members to urge the public to come forward with any information about the shooting.

Officials say Petty was picking her granddaughter up from a party for an 11-year-old when she was shot. That party, investigators say, was meant to be a small gathering - but others who may not have been invited began to show up and “congregate outside.”

She was waiting in her car when close family friends of the party were fixing her a plate of food, police said. While she waited, something happened, and she was found dead beside her car.

Police said Petty was just “an innocent victim” caught in the crossfire.

No arrests have been made and no other information was provided.

Police said this is an ongoing investigation and a $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.

Anyone with information is urged to call 704-432-TIPS and speak to a Homicide Unit detective, or leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.

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