CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is actively searching for the gunman who shot and killed a man near West Charlotte High School Thursday afternoon. Mobile users click here.
The victim has been identified as Jay Jevon Phifer, 41. His family has been notified of his death.
The shooting occurred at 1:06 p.m. Thursday just one block away from the high school in the 2400 block of Kendall Drive off of Senior Drive.
"It was reckless and was dangerous and it made no sense," Major Gerald Smith with Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said.
The deadly shooting took place right next to a west Charlotte recreation center and prompted West Charlotte High to go on lockdown briefly.
"These shooters did not have any regard for anyone's safety and they actually took a life. So yes, it did endanger some of the people here including the entire neighborhood. Thank God the school wasn't involved," Major Smith said.
Upon arrival at the scene, officers found a man dead from multiple gunshot wounds in the driveway of a home. At this time, police believe at least two weapons were used in the shooting including a shotgun.
Two other homes in the area were hit will bullets, police said. Luckily no injuries were reported.
“I come out to get my mail and all I could hear was an automatic gun,” John McNeal, who lives near the school said.
McNeal heard the gunfire and then said he saw the shooter running, hopping into a van. The shooting shook the nearly 90-year-old man.
“It's upset me a lot,” he said.
Another neighbor who didn't want FOX 46 to use her name said she is appalled by the violence happening in an area where children come to play.
“We have good neighbors here, we're not heathens over here, and I don't want people looking or expecting that's what this is over here,” she said.
McNeal said police told him one of the leaders at the recreation center locked the door when she saw the people, who turned out to be the shooters, sitting in a vehicle out front, just hours before shots were fired.
“It punctures my safety,” McNeal said.