CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46) - A man is dead and a suspect on the loose after shots were fired Tuesday north of uptown Charlotte, police said. Business owners said they’re shocked to see this happening in broad daylight.
CMPD officers arrived on scene at 12:23 p.m. Tuesday, March 14 on the corner of Lasalle Street and Beatties Ford. Many people said they saw a man lying on the ground.
One business owner tells FOX 46 Charlotte a Good Samaritan was attempting to give the man CPR. Unfortunately, the man did not make it. The man has been identified as Germany Joaquin Byers, 37.
“I heard five shots, at least five shots. That kind of startled me a little bit. Looked around the corner and saw a guy on the ground,” business owner Ed Daniels said.
Daniels said he is saddened to hear another person is dead in Charlotte due to gun violence.
“But another American dying in our streets for probably nothing. I’ve been in the military. I’ve seen death. I hate seeing it in American streets,” he said.
CMPD is now searching the area to find out exactly what happened before the shots were fired. They tell FOX 46 Charlotte they believe it’s connected to a disturbance from Monday that started up again Tuesday afternoon.
Witnesses said the man was shot and then crossed the street on the other side – where he fell on the curb. Many said it’s not something they usually see and hear during the day.
“I’m kind of not expecting it on Beatties Ford to have that kind of altercation during the day. So it’s kind of weird and kind of nerve-wracking,” a resident said.
“The west side has been kind of a challenged neighborhood. We’re here trying to change some of that,” Daniels said.
Daniels said he’s trying his best to reach children and get them educated to stop things like this.
“When people have hope, less of this happens. So, we need to work on our hope side of things here,” he said.
“I hope the guy knows that didn’t solve anything. One less person gone, one more family crying. Just more hurt and more loss.”
CMPD cleared the area around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. They are looking at cameras from surrounding businesses to determine exactly what happened. Police officers are still searching for the person who did this.
Anyone with information is asked to call 704-432-TIPS or CrimeStoppers at 704-334-1600.