CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has requested the public's help identifying and locating a juvenile suspect wanted in connection to an April 30 shooting.
CMPD said the shooting happened in a parking lot outside a convenience store in the 5700 block of Wyalong Drive. Two juvenile suspects allegedly fired at a vehicle and as a result, one juvenile victim was shot, CMPD claims.
One of the juvenile suspects, who authorities said fired the assault rifle, is in custody while a taller suspect, who CMPD said fired a 9 mm handgun, is still at-large.
"It is definitely vital and important that we, you know, continue to provide awareness to the community," Black said. "It's a trickle effect. Post pandemic, you know, things are still, you know, trying to bounce back. So, that's, like, with the downward spiral that we are the increase that we have seen, it comes from that, that social piece, that not being sociable kids, but a lot of teens, kids, they've been home, or in the community, and now we're able to get back out some."
Black said it's important as a community to provide resources, curving youth away from gun violence.
"It's important that parents get on board with the community, and the community get on board with parents, you know, let's meet each other where we at, meet the teams where they're at, and let's help to change the narrative," Black said.
Anyone with information on the juvenile’s whereabouts should contact @CLTCrimeStopper at 704-334-1600.
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