Police in Charlotte search for suspect in 30-minute shooting spree

Police in Charlotte, North Carolina, are searching for a suspect or suspects connected to a series of late-night shootings Tuesday that happened within 30 minutes and left one person dead and two others wounded.

The shootings, which occurred between 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m., appeared to be linked because they involved seemingly random shots fired from a vehicle at other vehicles or bicyclists, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Deputy Chief Tonya Arrington said during a Tuesday news conference.

Tonya Arrington speaks behind a podium
Deputy Chief Tonya Arrington of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department during a press conference on Tuesday.Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

“Somebody out there knows who this person or people are, and we’re asking them to come forward,” Arrington said. “We need help solving these and we need help quickly.”

The police department is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to arrests.

Investigators had a lot of work to do in identifying whoever was involved in the bloodshed, Arrington said.

“At this time, we have no confirmed suspects and we have no verified description of a vehicle,” she said.

The first shooting in the violent rampage occurred about 1 a.m. in the 3800 block of Statesville Avenue. A victim was in a vehicle headed northbound on Statesville when the victim’s vehicle was shot at. The victim was pronounced dead on scene, police said.

On Wednesday, police identified him as 58-year-old Mustaffa Muhammad.

Only minutes later, police responded to the intersection of Lasalle Street and Newland Road because a bicyclist was shot at but not injured, police said.

A short time later, officers said a person’s vehicle was hit by gunfire while driving on Lasalle Street near I-77.  And then, on the 2100 block of Catherine Simmons Drive, a group told police they were fired at. Officers then found a female victim who was inside a nearby home when she was struck by gunfire, police said.

The first set of shootings all occurred within police’s metro patrol region, authorities said. The next shooting police responded to occurred within a patrol region, the Steel Creek area, southwest of the metro region, police said.

In Steel Creek, a bicyclist was struck and wounded in the 100 block of Hillary Circle, police said. While canvassing the area, officers found a house had been struck by gunfire.

Arrington said on Tuesday police planned to have extra patrols and were canvassing impacted areas in search of witnesses. Arrington also pleaded with the public to come forward with surveillance video.

“We have a bunch of leads. We’re working through those right now,” she said. “There was a lot of distance between Metro and Steel Creek, so now we’re trying to cover a lot of ground, and we’re trying to divide and conquer.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 704-334-1600 or 

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