CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A man is dead after gunfire erupted in a west Charlotte neighborhood Thursday afternoon.
According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, the shooting happened just after 1 p.m. near West Charlotte High School on Kendall Drive. As a precaution, the school was put on lockdown while officers searched for the suspects.
Police said the suspects opened fire with multiple guns. At least 30 evidence markers were found at the scene, some of which were shotgun shells, according to CMPD. When officers arrived at the scene, they found 41-year-old Jay Jevon Phifer suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead a short time later at the scene.
"It went bang, bang, bang. It sounded like firecrackers," said one witness who heard the gunfire. "We saw this many laying down in a pool of blood, (it) looked like he was already dead."
Investigators said the shooters stepped out of a vehicle and opened fire on the victim. They claim the victim was the intended target of the shooters.
"We believe the shooters were extremely motivated to put that many rounds," said Major Gerald Smith.
A witness said she heard the victim's fiancee screaming.
"She was screaming and asking for someone to call an ambulance and I went down to console her," she said.
Two homes were also hit by gunfire, but no one else was injured. The shooting happened next to a recreation center, as well as the school. Police said the shooting was not connected to West Charlotte High School.
"Thank God the school was not involved, but it was reckless, dangerous, (and) it makes no sense," said Smith.
"It's what we've come to today, nowhere is safe," said one neighbor.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police tweeted that up to a $5,000 cash reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in this case. Anyone with information is asked to contact 704-432-TIPS or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
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