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CMPD: Fired employee accused of robbing business, shooting three employees in northeast Charlotte

The shooting happened on North Tryon Street.
Published: Jul. 26, 2021 at 10:54 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 30, 2021 at 9:23 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - CMPD says a fired employee is accused of robbing a business and shooting three people in northeast Charlotte Monday night.

Detectives charged 46-year-old Robert Barringer with three counts of assault with deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflict and inflict serious injury, three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, three counts of shooting Into an occupied property, first-degree kidnapping and firearm by felon.

On July 26 around 10 p.m., officers responded to Fish House North, a game room/arcade on North Tryon Street in reference to a robbery.

When officers arrived, they found three employees/victims with apparent gunshot wounds. All victims were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say the victims provided a description indicating a black male wearing a black-hooded jacket covering his head and mask approached the front door and waited for one of the victims to open the door.

As the victim came to the front door and asked the person to reveal themselves, police say the suspect refused and grabbed the front door trying to get inside.

As the suspect got in the business, police say he pulled out a handgun, shot the first victim then shot two other victims.

During the course of the incident, police say the suspect demanded money and property belonging to the business, and then fled the scene on foot.

While officers were speaking with the victims, police say information was gathered that the suspect was a former employee that was terminated, identified as Robert Barringer.

As a result of continued investigation, warrants were issued for Barringer’s arrest. On July 28, police located Barringer without incident and took him to the Law Enforcement Center to be interviewed by detectives. Following the interview, Barringer was charged.

This is an ongoing, active investigation.

Any witnesses to the crash, or anyone with information concerning the crash, should contact detectives at 704-432-2169 or Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600. The public can also visit the Crime Stoppers website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.

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