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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Judging by his past, Brandon Brewer has a violent temper and has never been afraid to follow it.

"Anytime you have something as callous as this that occurred in a neighborhood where innocent people are involved you just need to count your lucky stars," said Chief Rodney Monroe on Sunday.

Brewer is facing 18 charges in connection with Sunday's wild shooting spree in the 400 block of Kingsville Dr. in the North Tryon Division.

Police say Brewer fired his shotgun indiscriminately at two officers and seven civilians, including four children.

It's not the 27-year-old suspect first brush with the law. Back in 2005 he was convicted of beating a man senseless with a 2 by 4, the victim's family tells us he was hit in the head and suffered from blurred vision and a broken arm.

In 2006 Brewer was convicted in three separate armed robberies using a firearm in each one, it was at that time he showed he could be violent toward children.

A cab driver who didn't want to be identified says that when Brewer robbed him he pointed the gun at his two children, he just thankful they didn't get hurt given what happened yesterday when a 10-year-old girl was grazed by a shotgun blast after she shut the door in the suspect's face when he tried to get inside her home.

Because of those convictions Brewer spent six years in the North Carolina Department Corrections. He was paroled in 2012.

He is currently in the Mecklenburg County Jail and his bond has been set at more than $1 million.

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