CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - Investigators with CMPD say the suspect who shot a 16-year-old CMS student Monday afternoon was riding the same school bus as the victim. The shooting happened shortly after the victim got off the bus at the intersection of Tuckaseegee Road and Timberbrook Drive in East Charlotte
CMPD officers tell FOX 46 Charlotte they are increasing patrols in the area and will have officers at the bus stop for the next several weeks.
Investigators say they are still trying to identify the suspect. They say the 16-year-old boy is not cooperating.
Officers say it’s unclear if the suspect is a CMS student, but they know the suspect was on the bus after looking at surveillance video in the area. Officers could not confirm if the gun was also on the bus.
“Unfortunately there are a lot of teenagers out there right now with guns and that’s what has lead us to the problems we’ve had,” said Sgt. Steve Fischbach from CMPD.
The shooting Monday afternoon happened in front of dozens of other CMS students who were also getting off the bus.
Investigators are now asking students to come forward who witnessed the shooting.
“I started running because I don’t know if I was being targeted. I was scared for my life. I don’t want to be shot so I just ran the other way,” one student told FOX 46 Charlotte Monday afternoon.
CMPD says they are working with CMS officials and CMS police on this investigation.
The 16-year-old boy who was shot is expected to make a full recovery.