17-year-old student shot while getting off school bus in east Charlotte, juvenile charged

Police reports stated that five homes were also hit by gunfire.
Officials confirmed a student was shot in east Charlotte Wednesday afternoon after getting off a school bus.
Published: Nov. 30, 2022 at 3:05 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 1, 2022 at 1:06 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A 17-year-old student was shot Wednesday afternoon in east Charlotte while at a school bus stop, officials said.

First responders were called to Lanza Drive off Robinson Church Road around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, where they found the 17-year-old with injuries, authorities said.

According to officials with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the teen is a student at Rocky River High School and had just gotten off the school bus when they were shot.

The 17-year-old was listed in stable condition on Wednesday.

Police reports stated that five homes were also hit by gunfire, which damaged walls and even hit a couch where someone could have been sitting.

Investigators combed through evidence Wednesday afternoon trying to lock down who may be responsible for the shooting.

On Thursday, police arrested and charged a juvenile who they believe is responsible for firing the shots.

The juvenile is facing the following charges:

  • Attempted first-degree murder
  • Assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury
  • Discharging a firearm into occupied property (two counts)

Neighbors said it may have started with an altercation at school that continued into the neighborhood. Robert Sanders, who is the vice president of the Reserve at Canyon Hills community, says the shooting shook up a lot of people.

“It’s really a quiet place here actually but things happen all over, you know?” Sanders said. “This incident that happened yesterday really shocked a lot of people here.”

An investigation into the incident is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a detective. The public can also leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or by visiting their website.

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