‘Not something you expect’: Homes, vehicles damaged by gunfire in north Charlotte

Residents described the incident as a “shootout” near the Brightwalk community.
Residents described the incident as a “shootout” near the Brightwalk community.
Published: May. 25, 2023 at 5:16 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A recent shootout in a north Charlotte community had people ducking for cover as bullets came ripping through their homes.

A viewer reached out to WBTV after several homes and cars were shot into at the Brightwalk townhomes in Charlotte’s North End on Monday night.

Police said the shooting started from a home invasion at apartments in the area, and led to bullets riddling homes across the street.

“It’s not something you expect to be woken up with in the middle of the night,” one neighbor said. “Thankfully nobody was hurt, but very easily somebody could have been injured or killed. We’re very fortunate that that didn’t happen, but still very scary and obviously unexpected.”

Residents called the incident a shootout, and said it happened just before 11 p.m.

One woman said she was sitting inside her home when a bullet flew within feet of her head, shattering windows and doors.

“They were, you know, just kind of sporadic at first and then they were coming closer and it was a lot more, maybe like 20 or 30 [shots],” she said. “It was just really terrifying, I never thought I would be experiencing something like this.”

A police report revealed that no one was hurt in the gunfire, but one person was threatened, two guns were stolen, and several homes and cars were damaged by bullets.

Estimated costs of repair range from hundreds of dollars for some residents to tens of thousands for others.

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