Charlotte, NC – A 19-year-old man has been taken into custody and charged in relation to a mass shooting that injured five people at Romare Bearden Park on New Year’s Eve in Uptown Charlotte.
The incident occurred as thousands of families were gathered at the park, prompting a swift response from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Daevion Crawford was alleged to have fired a gun into a crowd of people, injuring five individuals, before being apprehended at the scene.
At least two of the victims were visiting from out of the country, sources revealed. Fortunately, the injuries sustained by the five victims, four females and a male, were non-life-threatening, with one undergoing surgery for a leg injury.
Crawford is now facing charges which include five counts of assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill, and one count of going armed to the terror of the public. According to police reports, his bond has been set at $750,000.
Video surveillance played a crucial role in identifying Crawford as the suspect, and revealed the chaotic scene that unfolded in the park as families sought refuge from the gunfire. It has also been reported that there were multiple fights in the crowd preceding the shooting, leading to concerns about security at the park.
In addition to the shooting incident, several other disturbances were reported in Uptown on New Year’s Eve, resulting in the arrest of 11 kids and an adult on various charges. These events have prompted ongoing investigations by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
The incident has raised questions about public safety and the need for heightened security measures at public events, as well as concerns about the prevalence of gun violence in the community. Police have emphasized the active and ongoing nature of the investigation as they work to ensure the safety of the community.