7-year-old boy expected to be OK after apartment shooting in north Charlotte

7-year-old recovering after being struck by stray bullet

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A 7-year-old boy was taken to the hospital after a shooting at an apartment complex in north Charlotte Tuesday afternoon.

Officers say the child is expected to be OK and will recover.

The incident happened on Hilo Drive around 2:30 p.m. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is conducting a shooting investigation at the scene.

Police say the initial investigation indicates that that unknown suspects(s) were shooting at each other in the apartment complex parking lot.

At least one of the rounds went into an apartment and struck a 7 year-old boy. The boy was taken to the hospital by Medic with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The investigation into this case is active and ongoing.

The following day CrimeStoppers officers were at the apartment complex trying to talk with neighbors who might know something.

“A lot of people want to come forward, they just don’t know how. People don’t want to call 911 so we look at crime stoppers as an option as a way to give people comfort in doing the right thing,” said Officer Adrian Johnson, who coordinates the CrimeStoppers program.

Johnson says right now there are no leads in the case so tips are going to very important.

He says tips from the community are hugely important to the work CMPD does every day. There were 160 arrests last year alone because of crime stopper tips. Now they’re asking the community to focus on this case.

“That’s why the community is going to be a very valuable asset in getting that information to get into detectives hands so we can solve this crime so we can put them where they’re supposed to be,” Johnson said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS. The public can also leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.

Johnson says the 7-year-old boy is expected to be OK.

This is a developing story and no further information was released.

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