CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Three men shot Friday afternoon in a drive-by shooting in the Belmont neighborhood near uptown Charlotte will survive, police said.

The men were standing near the intersection of Kennon and Pegram streets at 4:30 p.m. when someone drove by and shot them before fleeing the scene, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Capt. Demetria Faulkner-Welch said.

Emergency crews took the victims to Carolinas Medical Center in Dilworth with potentially life-threatening injuries but police said later their wounds were less serious.

Detectives were canvassing the neighborhood as they searched for suspects and information about the vehicle used in the shooting.

Faulkner-Welch said police had no details about suspects, their relationship to the victims or the car. All of the victims live in Belmont and are between 18 and 25, the police captain said.

Onlookers gathered near the corner of Kennon and Pegram, which police had marked off with crime scene tape.

Many neighbors said they hadn t heard or seen anything, but rather came to the scene when they saw the police cars arrive.

The shooting occurred near a convenience store, Northside Cornerstore, which was decorated with a mural that read stop the violence.

Faulkner-Welch said the triple shooting happened in an area that has seen few problems in recent years.

It was kind of unexpected for us, she said.

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