CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Two people were killed and seven others were wounded in an early Monday shooting in North Carolina’s largest city, police said, while five others were hit by vehicles.
The shooting happened at an “impromptu block party” that was a continuation of Juneteenth Police Deputy Chief Johnny Jennings told reporters.
Police responding to a call about a pedestrian hit by a car found hundreds of people in the streets around 12:30 a.m., a police statement said.
“Several shooters discharged dozens of shots into the crowd,” a police release said preliminary information indicated.
Jennings initially said the five people were hit by vehicles while running away, but the police statement later said that the first person hit by a car was believed to be the call officers were initially responding to, while the other four were struck by vehicles fleeing the gunfire.