CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Police said an impromptu block party in north Charlotte, North Carolina, left two people shot and killed and another seven being treated for gunshot wounds at local hospitals.
In addition, five others were hurt when cars hit them as they tried to run from the bullets, WSOC-TV is reporting.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said this all started about 12:30 a.m. when MEDIC responded to reports of a person hit by a car on Beatties Ford Road and Lasalle Street, near Catherine Simmons Avenue.
As soon as they arrived, shots were fired, authorities said.
Officials said nine people were shot and two of them died.
MEDIC also said cars hit multiple people as they rushed to get to safety.
Police believe this started as an impromptu block party.
Authorities have not said if any arrests have been made.
No other information has been released.
This was the second homicide in Charlotte within an hour Sunday night. The first happened before 11 p.m. on Varsity Lane in University City.
Police said they found a man who’d been shot and killed in a common area in an apartment complex. They haven’t released any details about the victim, suspects or a motive.
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