CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A 12-year-old bystander was shot in the leg after a man opened fire on a sheriff's deputy Thursday morning in northeast Charlotte while being pursued for a separate shooting incident. A search is underway for a second suspect in this case, police said.
Around 7:35 a.m., officers responded to an assault with a deadly weapon call near the McDonald's located at 1201 W Sugar Creek Road.
According to police, at 7:32 a.m. a man had fired multiple rounds at a group of people in front of a motel, striking a 12-year-old boy in the leg who was waiting nearby for the school bus. Police said the young boy is an innocent bystander. He is expected to be OK.
"I just want change. I want people to stop being so ignorant, so violent and doing things that don't make sense. No matter if it's in the morning or at night, it's not safe. It's not safe for our children, for us. You can't walk the streets and be free," said Charlene Ramsay who works at the McDonald’s off W. Sugar Creek and Reagan Road.
She and Michelle Teasley were at work when they heard the gunshots early Thursday morning.
"I was on the front counter and I heard a whole bunch of gunshots. They were coming back to back like 10 shots at one time. ‘Pow pow pow.’ I looked and saw people running at the shell station. I grabbed the keys and locked the doors. The young lady at the window had the window had it wide open. I said, 'honey, close the window'. People at the window coming to get their food were hysterical saying 'give me my bleeping food,' said Michelle.
A Mecklenburg County Sheriff's deputy, who happened to be driving in the area on W Sugar Creek Road, saw the shooting and responded. As the deputy got closer, he saw the suspect get into the passenger side of a vehicle and drive away.
The sheriff's deputy followed the suspect vehicle and the suspect fired at him from the moving car. Neither the deputy nor his vehicle were hit, police said.
The suspect continued to I-85 southbound and got off on the Brookshire Exit where he parked near 200 N Hoskins Road and ran away on foot, police said.
CMPD and MCSO set up a perimeter and then received information from a community member that helped them locate one of the two suspects. After a brief foot chase, one man was taken into custody by a sheriff's deputy and a officer at N. Hoskins and Woodman Avenue.
A second suspect had yet to be apprehended, police said. Officers recovered a gun believed to be used in the shooting.
The first suspect, Ray Shawn Daniels, 28, was taken to the hospital for minor injuries. He was released and taken into the custody of Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. Daniels has since been charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm by felon, and discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle.
Charlene has a message for the family of the young boy who was shot.
"I don't know you personally, but girl, my prayers are with you and your family. Keep your head up and stay strong."
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