CHARLOTTE, N.C. – One man suffered life-threatening injuries when someone jumped into the SUV he was in and shot him Wednesday afternoon, according to police.
It started just before 4 p.m. as an armed robbery at the Parkland Commons Apartments on Parkland Circle. Police said the suspect got into a Chevy Tahoe with the man and a 7-year-old child inside. The man was then shot.
Officers found the Tahoe about a half-mile away at Delta Crossing Apartments. Medics transported the victim to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment. The child was recovered safely.
Dorothy Robinson lives in the complex and said she is on edge, considering no arrest has been made.
"He had to live there because there is no way he come out of the blue and take somebody's car,” she said, adding that the area has seen an increase in crime. "A week ago, somebody broke into my sister’s car. And our kids play outside. If you can't have security outside, what do we got?"
Witnesses said her father left the SUV running to go into the leasing office. When he returned, the truck was gone.
"He didn't speak English -- nobody understood what he was saying. All he was saying was, 'Help,'” said one witness.
A man who came by the apartment later Wednesday evening claimed he a friend of that father.
"I just let him borrow the car. He was going to use it -- he was going to move some stuff. I don't know what happened,” he said.
No arrests have been made.