CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Editor's Note: On Feb. 15, police provided clarity that identified the deceased man as the shooter. He was also identified as the ex-boyfriend of the deceased woman. Investigators believe the Feb. 13 shooting was a murder-suicide. A man who was on a date with the deceased woman suffered minor injuries. Here are updated details on the investigation. The original story is maintained below:
Two people were killed in a shooting outside Wooden Robot Brewery in Charlotte's South End late Monday night, police said.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police responded to a reported shooting along West Summit Avenue, near South Tryon Street, a little before midnight. The victims were getting into a vehicle outside Vinyl when a red vehicle pulled in front of their car, according to police. The suspect(s) then got out of that vehicle and ambushed the couple with gunshots.
A police report obtained by WCNC Charlotte says there was a third victim who suffered minor injuries.
A bar manager at Vinyl said he wasn't even aware of what was going on until some employees told him about a commotion outside the building.
"A customer who was on the patio had seen it," he said. "They came in in a shock and a panicked state, saying somebody had gotten shot and some of my bar staff grabbed me from my office and I dialed 911."
The owner said when he got outside he saw a man on the ground who had been shot. The man, who hasn't been identified, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. The female victim, identified as 23-year-old Dionyah Truelove Thompson, died at the scene, according to CMPD.
"As far as I'm aware, everything was good. We're a pretty casual place," the manager said. "Nobody expected anything to happen. It was the night before Valentine's Day, nobody expects anything to happen."
CMPD has not released any suspect information at this time and it's unclear if any arrests have been made in connection with the shooting. Any person with information is asked to call Charlotte Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. Witnesses may also call 704-432-TIPS to speak directly with homicide detectives.
This shooting comes after a violent day in the Queen City on Sunday, where four shootings were reported. Two of these resulted in deaths; one of these was an accidental death involving a teen and the other is a homicide, according to police. The victims survived the other two shootings but suffered life-threatening injuries.
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