CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - Three teenagers have been charged after a 17-year-old young woman was shot and killed in northwest Charlotte Monday afternoon.
Juan Zamora, 17, Andy Garcia, 16, and a 15-year-old female juvenile have all been charged with first-degree murder, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy to commit robbery, police said. The woman killed has been identified as 17-year-old Alysha Johnson.
The deadly shooting and attempted robbery occurred around 3 p.m. Monday, June 17 in the 2200 block of Beatties Ford Road south of LaSalle Street.
Friends, family and a crowd of community members gathered at the scene of the fatal shooting in northwest Charlotte Monday, trying to figure out what was going on.
"When I got the call, I was just in shock," Evelyn Poe said. She knew the victim. Poe said she rushed to the chaotic scene.
Surveillance video FOX 46 Charlotte obtained from a nearby store shows the moments that led up to the chaos. The manager said a vehicle seen passing on the screen is the victim's, pulling in to a nearby parking lot. At some point during this, and out of the camera shot, is when CMPD said the deadly shooting happened.
The reason, according to family and friends, was robbery.
"Asked her something, ‘give it up, give it up' and she wouldn't, and they started shooting," Poe said.
CMPD said witnesses were able to pinpoint the suspects to police. Three teenagers were taken into custody Monday.
"It's just so upsetting in the middle of the day that someone would have the boldness and confidence to believe that someone robbing someone is okay, and it's not," community activist Angie Drakeford said.
For those that knew the victim, they want to know why she was targeted. According to jail records, Garcia had just been released from jail back in April on charges related to a robbery.
"She was nice, she was kind, she was compassionate, she would do anything for anybody," Poe said.
Anyone with further information about this murder is asked to call 704-432-TIPS. The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.