Police: Social media feud led to two teens being shot, three teens arrested in Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Three people are in custody and two juveniles remain in the hospital after a shooting in southwest Charlotte Monday afternoon, according to police.
The incident happened around 3:15 p.m. on the 400 block of Fairwood Avenue, just off S. Tryon Street. Responding officers found a 17-year-old at the scene with a gunshot wounds to both legs, then found a 14-year-old victim shot in the chest nearby while canvassing the area.
Both were taken to the hospital. Police say they each suffered serious injuries, but did not give any further details.
Officers were then told about a suspect vehicle that had left the scene, crashing into multiple vehicles in the process. Information provided by an alert community member led officers to a vacant apartment unit on Brookhill Road where police say the suspects were hiding. All three were taken into custody without incident.
During their investigation, detectives say they learned the shooting stemmed from an ongoing feud between the people involved from “disrespectful social media posts and previous criminal interaction.”
Following interviews with the three suspects, they were all charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill inflicting serious injury and felony conspiracy.
A 14-year-old suspect received additional charges for possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a minor, while a 17-year-old suspect received additional charges for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and hit and run.
The third suspect, identified as 19-year-old Keith Grier, also received an additional charge for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The victims’ names have not been released.
Anyone with information about the case should call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
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