Three men charged in uptown Charlotte vehicle shooting

Three men charged in uptown Charlotte vehicle shooting
(Eric Johnson | WBTV)
(Eric Johnson | WBTV)
Howard Wright (Source: CMPD)
Howard Wright (Source: CMPD)
Dereke Bolton (Source: CMPD)
Dereke Bolton (Source: CMPD)
Kevin Thompson (Source: CMPD)
Kevin Thompson (Source: CMPD)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Three men were arrested Sunday after two vehicles and a hotel lobby were sprayed with bullets in uptown Charlotte Sunday morning.

Even though nobody was hurt, at least one neighbor is shaken up that an incident like this happened so close to home.

"I live here. I could have been coming down in the middle of the night, or coming home, and I could have been shot," said Charlie Contes, who lives in Skye Condominiums.

Officers arrived at 4:43 a.m. near the Skye Condominiums and Hyatt Hotel on South Caldwell Street in response to the shooting. They estimate that 40-50 shots were fired into the two cars and into the lobby door of the hotel.

"Glass was shot out of four window panes and the concierge had little bullet markers all over the floor," Contes said, as he was describing the scene when he woke up and walked his dog. "It looked like a truck that was driving around in Iraq."

Investigators don't think it was a random act of violence.

Nearby security guards say they heard the shots and saw a man fleeing the scene in a Nissan Altima. They caught the tag number and saw the car head west on 4th Street.

CMPD stopped the Altima on 5th Street and a backseat passenger jumped out of the car and ran into a nearby parking deck. Police say he was carrying an AK-47. He was arrested and police identified him as Howard Wright. Two more weapons were found in the vehicle.

Howard Wright, Kevin Thompson and Dereke Bolton were arrested and charged with three counts of shooting into an occupied dwelling and discharging a firearm in city limits. Thompson and Wright were also charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say the men were in Charlotte for the CIAA Tournament.

Contes recently moved back to Charlotte from Florida. He said his friends warned him about some of the crime that happens when the CIAA tournament comes to town. Now, he may think twice about staying in Charlotte for major events.

"It needs to be reviewed and see if this is the kind of thing we want in Charlotte."

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers website.

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