Good morning to you!  It’s Thursday, 5 July 2018.  Hope your day is off to a good start!  John Carter of WBTV News This Morning reporting to you this morning.  Our team invites you to join us from 4:30 to 7:00 AM for the area’s best, most accurate, factual and compelling morning newscast.

We’re following two breaking news stories this morning: 

Shots ring out in a northwest Charlotte neighborhood, sending a woman and a man to the hospital.  Micah Smith will be LIVE with that story.

And, fireworks discarded in a trash can may have led to a house fire in Huntersville.  Our Carolina Hicks will be LIVE with details.  She was the FIRST reporter on scene.

Plus, thousands flock to uptown Charlotte for the biggest outdoor fireworks spectacular in the south, as BB&T ballpark sets a record for attendance.

A registered sex offender accused of raping an Uber driver near uptown Charlotte is scheduled to appear in court today.

A volunteer firefighter responding to an emergency call has been killed in a crash in Rowan County.

Hundreds gathered under a giant flag to watch the unveiling of the Watauga County Veterans Memorial…a fitting event for the Fourth of July.

And congratulations to Stephen Curry and his wife…as they now have a new baby boy!

Kristen Miranda will be LIVE in the Alert Center this morning…monitoring multiple news sources to bring you BREAKING NEWS and news just in…locally and from around the world.

Meteorologist Chris Larson will have your CERTIFIED MOST ACCURATE forecast.

Plus…we’ll be keeping a close eye on traffic conditions for you.

All that and more when you join us from 4:30 to 7:00 AM.  Hope to see you then!