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Shooting mars Charlotte holiday

Police investigators say they think a woman injured by a bullet Thursday night outside an uptown Charlotte club was struck by a shot fired into the air by someone on the Fourth of July.

That shooting was the only apparent problem reported in the uptown area, where tens of thousands of people gathered for Independence Day festivities, including a big fireworks show at Memorial Stadium.

It was a far cry from several years ago, when police had to deal with unruly groups of people on the night.

The shooting was reported shortly before 11 p.m. in an alley off the 300 block of North College Street, police say. A woman was standing outside Bar Charlotte when she was struck in the shoulder. Police described the wound as minor.

Police Capt. Mike Campagna, commander of CMPD’s Central Division, said the woman apparently was an accidental victim.

“At this time, it appears that someone shot a round into the air ... and that round struck the victim as it fell from the sky,” said Officer Robert Trietley, a CMPD spokesman.

Police said they received 30 calls between 6 and 11 p.m. about gunshots being fired. They also got 250 complaint calls about fireworks.

In the uptown area, however, it appeared to be a peaceful evening.

Kim McMillan, a spokesman for the city of Charlotte, said police arrested three adults and five juveniles. One adult was arrested for assault on an officer, although the police officer was not seriously hurt. Two of the juvenile arrests involved fighting charges.

McMillan said there were no incidents at the Transportation Center, the scene of much of the July Fourth problems in the past.

The city operated its mobile command center from 5:30 p.m. Thursday until 1 a.m. Friday. Joining police, fire and other emergency personnel were members of Global Men Who Care, a group of African-American men whose goal is to provide positive examples for youth.

One of the biggest sources of phone calls to the city’s 311 information line came from people wondering why the uptown fireworks show did not start as scheduled at 9:30 p.m. The display was delayed until 10:15 p.m. because of concerns about possible severe weather.

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