CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A UNC-Charlotte student was shot during a robbery Thursday in a neighborhood near campus, police said.
CMPD rushed to 1330 Bonnie Lane where Rene Cruz, 21, was found shot in the chest. He was rushed to CMC-Main with life-threatening injuries.
Police said they spoke to witnesses who were inside the home at the time of the shooting. They tell FOX 46 Charlotte the witnesses did not call 911 right away.
“It was fairly quiet. I did hear a car, kind of skirt off the road, and then about five to ten minutes later the law enforcement came, CMPD,” Brayden Snow said, who lives nearby the house where the shooting occurred.
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Snow is in the military and said everyone in his house is trained to handle firearms so he wasn’t worried.
“It is concerning for something like this to happen. We don’t really, well for me, I never really expected it to happen. But, overall I would say that it doesn’t frighten me too much,” Snow said.
Snow recognized several people he saw leaving the home where the shooting happened and said all four people living in the house are students.
“It’s predominantly a college area. So, a lot of young guys, you know I’m in college as well so, you know a lot of people have parties and events. You know, and I’m sure, kids are young and can do some dumb things sometimes and get involved with the wrong people sometimes," he said.
So far, no arrests have been made. Police said they do not have a motive. This remains an open, ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is urged to call Crimestoppers.