CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A convicted teenage felon and a 17-year-old have been hospitalized after a series of attempted robberies, one of which led to a shooting, police said.
A 17-year-old suspected of trying to steal a woman’s car in front of her home was shot by a neighbor, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, who said it was the third shooting on Tuesday morning.
According to police, a preliminary investigation showed a man confronted two suspects breaking into his wife’s car.
At first, police said the two armed suspects drove away but circled back and fired multiple rounds at the victim while he was sitting in his vehicle.
The man was not hurt, but his car was hit by bullets, police said.
About 15 minutes later, police said, two people pulled up behind another car, and one of them got out of the car carrying a gun and wearing a mask.
That victim was armed, and the suspect fled, according to police.
Six minutes later, officers saw a stolen car matching the description of the suspects’ car. Police said the driver refused to stop, and during an ensuing chase, the car hit a tree.
The teen driver, identified by police as a convicted felon, was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
As police continued to search for a second suspect in the earlier incidents, officers say they learned of a third attempted robbery and shooting, Responding officers found a 17-year-old with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.
Police think the teenager approached a woman at the home with a gun, took her car keys and tried to steal her vehicle before the woman’s husband confronted the teenager and armed neighbors came to help, ordering the teen to drop his weapon.
When he refused, one of the neighbors shot the 17-year-old, who was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
According to the news release, when detectives finish their preliminary investigation and the suspects have been released from the hospital, they will be arrested.