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CMPD: Former employee charged after shooting 3 people, robbing Fish House North

Emergency crews responded to the 4500 block of North Tryon Street, which is near the intersection with East Sugar Creek Road.
Credit: WCNC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One person is facing charges after reportedly stealing from a business on North Tryon Street and shooting three victims. 

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department confirmed Friday night that Robert Barringer, 46, is facing several charges, including assault with a deadly weapon, robbery and first degree kidnapping 

According to CMPD, officers responded to Fish House North on Monday, July 26, around 10:20 p.m. in reference to a robbery call. Once officers arrived, they found "three employees/victims" with gunshot wounds. They were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Investigators say Barringer allegedly approached the front door to the business, with his face covered, and waited for one of the victims to open the door. When one of the victims would not open the door, officers say Barringer was able to make entry and shot the three people. 

The suspect then demanded money and property belonging to Fish House North and left the scene, according to authorities. During the information-gathering process, detectives learned Barringer previously worked at the business but was fired from his position. 

Barringer was taken into custody on July 28. 

Note: WCNC instituted a new policy in March 2021 regarding the broadcast or posting of mugshots.  

WCNC will only air or post a mugshot if the person has been formally charged with a crime and in a few other cases. The exceptions include: If it appears the person could be a danger to themselves or others or if they are wanted by authorities; to differentiate between people with a common name; if the photos could encourage more victims to come forward. The news-editorial leadership may also decide to use a mugshot based on the severity of the crime(s) committed and/or the level of public interest in the crime and ensuing criminal proceedings.

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