3 teens injured in east Charlotte shootout, police say

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Three teens were found shot on two separate streets in east Charlotte on Tuesday in what police are now calling a shootout.

Charlotte Mecklenburg police officers were called to the 2700 block of Milton Road at 4:06 p.m. in reference to an assault with a deadly weapon. After canvassing the area, the three victims were found with gunshot wounds.

Two of the victims were found in the 2900 block of Milton Road outside of a Family Dollar store, according to Medic.

The third was in the 7100 block of Barrington Drive at a nearby apartment complex. All three were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

"You know anytime that people make that decision to fire that gun, they have to live with the consequences,” said Lt. Brad Koch. 

Police say the shootout between the high schoolers wasn't random-- in fact, it was planned. 

"It’s not a random act of violence, and we are still trying to figure out what exactly started this," Koch said.

The shooting began when one teen walked up to two people sitting in a car in the parking lot of the Family Dollar at 2926 Milton Road and opened fire. Those in the car returned fire. 

"You could have had innocent bystanders that were struck," said Koch.

The Family Dollar was damaged, along with the car.

"The right front window is shot out,” Koch said. 

The motive for the shooting is not yet clear, police say. 

Multiple firearms were recovered from the scene.

"We have recovered a couple firearms on scene," said Koch. 

Police say one of the three highschoolers who was shot ran for his life. That's how he eneded up at the apartments on Barington Drive.

"For them to make it here they are trying to survive," said Nicole Colson. She lives on Barrington Drive. 

Neighbors say its no place for that kind of violence.

"This is very unfortunate. Very senseless," Colson said. 

All three teens remain in the hopsital, and are expected to be okay. Police are still searching for others who may have pulled the trigger.