CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A 22-year-old man is thankful to be alive after he was shot following a fight outside a nightclub in uptown Charlotte early Friday morning.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police were called to an area near Sip on North Tryon Street around 4 a.m. Officers at the scene said the victim and two other people got into at an argument after the bar closed. Police said the three men left and the argument restarted in the Fifth Third Center parking deck at the intersection of 6th Street and North Church Street.
The man who was shot, 22-year-old Brandon Crew, spoke exclusively to NBC Charlotte after the incident. He said it all started when he tried to break up a fight and his brother's phone was stolen.
"As I was leaving the club, I saw a dispute breaking out between the crowd," Crew said. "I guess it all flipped on me and I found myself under a pile of guys trying to fight me. In the midst of the fight, my brother lost his phone. And when everybody went their separate ways, we realized the phone was lost so we tried to get the phone back."
Crew said he and his brother used an app to track his lost phone to the Fifth Third parking deck. There, they met the same guys who were trying to beat up the other person in the fight outside the club. That's when things took a violent turn.
"We approached the car that appeared to be their car and they hopped out with guns," he said. "It was three guys and they said they wanted to fight some more. And in the midst of the fight, they shot.
"He had the gun literally to my head. The bullet shouldn't have just grazed me, it should have went through my head."
Crew said the suspects then drove away from the parking deck.
No arrests have been made. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.