Two injured in shooting outside southwest Charlotte apartment

Two injured in shooting outside southwest Charlotte apartment

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Two men were injured, one seriously, in a shooting in southwest Charlotte early Monday morning.

It happened just before 5 a.m. in an apartment parking lot located in the 600 block of Archdale Drive.

Family members say two brothers were outside their apartment when two men, one armed with a handgun, approached them. Police say Marino Lopez-Miranda was shot in the chest and went to Carolinas Medical Center. His brother, Raul Lopez-Miranda was punched in the face.

CMPD says the man shot in the chest is in critical condition. The other man is expected to be OK.

Neighbors say several shots were fired.

"I called 911 because I hear shots. My family was asleep," said Israel Santiago. "We wake up to see what happened – two guys right here, one guy got shot in the chest."

Santiago's SUV has two bullet holes, and two other cars were also damaged.

One bullet sailed through the bedroom window of an upstairs apartment where people were sleeping.

A man in the apartment told WBTV he was sleeping when he heard the shots.

He woke up and stayed down.

"Then I heard the broken glass fall on my feet then I stayed down. I rolled like a dog to the other rooms," he said. I looked outside and saw the guy crying downstairs so we went downstairs, we called the police."

Police say the motive appears to be robbery.

Investigators are checking to see if this morning's case is related to a string of robberies on July 16.

Police released a statement outlining the incidents.

On Sunday, July 16, 2017, at 4:46 a.m., two suspects approached the victims while they were standing outside their apartments in the 1400 block of Kentland Lane (Westover Division).  The suspects pulled out a firearm and took the victims property before fleeing the scene.

The police report for Monday's incident says it was an attempted robbery. No items were listed as taken.

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