A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer gave immediate medical assistance to a 15-year-old who was shot and severely wounded.
According to CBS17, the third-shift officer was nearby when he heard multiple gunshots at around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, at 4430 The Plaza, and immediately ran to the scene. Due to the officer’s quick actions, the victim survived and several perpetrators were caught.
The officer first checked for shooters or wounded individuals when arriving on the scene, and quickly discovered the injured teen lying on the ground and bleeding significantly. The victim was selling personal property at the time of the shooting.
The CMPD officer then applied tourniquets to the wounds while waiting for a medic. The teen was seemingly shot multiple times.
Meanwhile, the Real-Time Crime Traffic Center rapidly assisted officers searching for the shooter(s), and spotted a silver Ford Fusion speeding away from the crime scene.
A helicopter unit was dispatched and directed CMPD officers to the vehicle, which they were able to pull over. Four people then exited the car and fled. Police have apprehended two teen suspects so far, while the other two managed to escape.
The two juveniles were charged with attempted murder, and are being held Jail North of the Charlotte Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.
A CMPD press release read, “The exceptional teamwork and rapid response from North Tryon officers, our RTCC, Aviation Unit, K9 Unit, and Eastway Division officers provided this victim with another chance at life who merely wanted to sell personal property that resulted in violence. The CMPD remains dedicated to addressing the violent crime that is significantly affecting those in the Charlotte community.”