3 teens charged in east Charlotte shootout outside Family Dollar

Three teenagers are facing multiple charges following a shooting that broke out Tuesday afternoon outside of an east Charlotte Family Dollar, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. 

The shootout happened at 4:06 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 in the 2900 block of Milton Road. 

Matthew Morgan, 17, and a 14 and 15-year-old have been charged in connection to the shooting. 

Upon arrival, police said they located three male victims with apparent gunshot wounds. All three were transported to Atrium Health for treatment. 

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Detectives determined that the victims were meeting the suspects to conduct a drug transaction.

During the meeting, the suspects, later identified as the 14 and 15-year-old male juvenile suspects, approached the victim's vehicle and attempted to rob them and multiple shots were fired, police said.

Chief Kerr Putney told FOX 46 Charlotte teens with guns in Charlotte remains a problem. He says more often than not, the guns are found at home.

"We are putting our youth in danger when we don’t secure weapons. If they got them legally or not there are the tragic consequences. Some young people make bad decisions," said Chief Putney.

Investigators said they recovered several guns in the parking lot of Family Dollar, but haven't said how the teens got the guns.

Morgan has been charged with possession of schedule IV drugs and possession of marijuana. The 14 and 15-year-old male juveniles have been charged with attempted murder, armed robbery, felony conspiracy, and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. 

This remains an open and ongoing investigation.