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Shootout in Uptown leads to drug charges, Charlotte police say

The shootout sent two people to the hospital, including one of the men who was charged. Two bystanders were also in cars hit by gunfire.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Two people are now facing gun and drug possession charges after shots rang out in Uptown on Thursday, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said.

Medic said around 6 p.m. they were responding to a scene along Montford Point Street near North Tryon Street. From there, the agency said a victim was taken to a hospital for treatment.

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On Friday, CMPD offered a timeline of events. Officers said two groups who knew each other started arguing before shooting at each other. Police were later able to find a car they said was involved at the scene and conducted a traffic stop. Officers said both people in the car were previously-convicted felons.

CMPD said the passenger in the car was identified as 25-year-old Kalik Foster. Foster had a gunshot wound in his leg and had to be treated at a hospital. The driver, 23-year-old Malcolm Townsend, had outstanding warrants. Officers said Townsend also had crack cocaine and meth on him, and two stolen guns were taken from the car.

Townsend is now charged with possessing a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of meth, and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Foster was treated, and CMPD has since charged him with possessing a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The location of the shooting is near several businesses, an apartment complex, a church, the Mecklenburg County government's Office of Vital Records, and the VAPA Center. CMPD noted there were three other cars nearby that were hit by gunfire, two of which were occupied.

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Police also noted they were able to recover another gun from the second car involved in the shootout.

The shooting in Uptown comes just hours after a deadly shooting in west Charlotte claimed the life of a juvenile. Police say that scene unfolded around 3 p.m. near an apartment complex.

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