CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - A man has been transported to the hospital with serious injuries following a shooting that occurred between two groups along a road in west Charlotte, police said.
'Dozens of shots' reportedly rang out just after 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 along Ashley Road at Alleghany Street. The area was quickly shut down by authorities.
According to police, the shooting appears to have started in the parking lot of the shopping center and ended up in the street on Ashley Road. The victim was in a car at the time of the shooting
[UPDATE] @CMPD says the altercation started in this parking lot & lead to the shooting. This red car is part of their investigation. Victim was in one of the cars at the time of shooting & is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries. (Corner of Ashley Rd. and Allegheny St.) pic.twitter.com/Ki75L8rkX4— Morgan Frances (@MorganFOX46) December 5, 2018
A family member of a 15-year-old that was involved told FOX 46 Charlotte that the shooting started as a fight between two groups at the Harding University High and West Charlotte basketball game.
Family member also tells me one male student brought a gun to Harding University High. Words exchanged between two groups of students at the basketball game, turned into a fight outside Harvey grocery store, then gun shots on Ashley Road @FOX46News https://t.co/J5L6gCqyLD— Lauren Dugan (@DuganFOX46) December 5, 2018
Witnesses said the male victim was possibly shot in the back during the ordeal. They also report hearing about 25 to 30 gunshots before officers arrived on scene.
Very active scene at Ashley Rd. and Alleghany St. Just talked to a woman who said she heard 30 gunshots. Working to confirm more info. pic.twitter.com/rUCwTNFSA4— Morgan Frances (@MorganFOX46) December 5, 2018
According to CMPD, after the first officer arrived on scene, shots were fired by the victim, who was still inside of his vehicle. The officer was not shot at and did not fire any rounds himself, CMPD said.
That same officer was able to then approach the victim and provide first aid to the victim, CMPD said.
This remains an open and ongoing investigation.