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2 killed, more than a dozen shot or hit by vehicles at North Carolina block party

A North Carolina block party turned deadly early Monday morning when gunfire erupted in the crowd, killing at least two people and wounding seven, while five other victims were struck by vehicles during the mayhem, authorities said. The shooting happened shortly after midnight during an “impromptu block party” that was part of Juneteenth celebrations in Charlotte, according to police.
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Jun 22, 2020 8:04 AM

Two people were killed in a shooting Monday in Charlotte.

Two people were killed in a shooting Monday in Charlotte. (Shutterstock)

A North Carolina block party turned deadly early Monday morning when gunfire erupted in the crowd, killing at least two people and wounding seven, while five other victims were struck by vehicles during the mayhem, authorities said.

The shooting happened shortly after midnight during an “impromptu block party” that was part of Juneteenth celebrations in Charlotte, according to police.

Officers were initially called to the scene for a report of a person being hit by a car and ended up finding hundreds of people gathered in the streets, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Deputy Chief Johnny Jennings told reporters.

During the investigation, officers heard gunshots in the area as dozens of horrified partygoers began running for their lives, according to police and videos shared on social media.

“Several shooters discharged dozens of shots into the crowd,” authorities said in a news release.

A female gunshot victim was pronounced dead at the scene while another person died at a hospital, police said. No details about those victims were immediately available.

At least five of the other seven gunshot victims were in serious condition, local news station WBTV reported.

In addition to the first pedestrian who was hit by a car, four others were struck by vehicles while running from the gunfire, according to police. Their injuries appeared to be minor.

As of 8 a.m. Monday, no arrests had been made and it was not clear what led to the shooting or who was being targeted.

Authorities urged anyone with information about the incident to call the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Nelson Oliveira


Breaking news reporter Nelson Oliveira has worked for the Daily News since March 2019. He was born and raised in Brazil and has covered local and national stories for news outlets in New York and Connecticut since 2013.

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