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Police search for shooting suspect in east Charlotte

By Elisabeth Arriero
earriero@charlotteobserver.com

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg police continue looking Tuesday for a man responsible for a standoff Monday afternoon in a neighborhood off Eastway Drive.

Dozens of police and SWAT vehicles remained stationed outside an east Charlotte home for several hours on Monday after police heard that a man had shot at his relative, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said.

An emergency call around 2:25 p.m. suggested that a man had been shot on Finchley Drive. But police later determined that was false.

Instead, police were told that Keith Caldwell, 35, had shot at a relative during an argument, said CMPD spokeswoman Jessica Wallin.

The male victim told police that Caldwell ran away and was believed to be barricaded inside his home in the 1800 block of Finchley Drive.

Authorities requested help from the K-9 unit and a helicopter, CMPD spokesman Keith Trietley said.

Ten homes were evacuated during the standoff. The residents waited nearby inside a CATS bus.

At about 5:30 p.m., SWAT Team units entered the home where they thought Caldwell was barricaded. They found an elderly woman, who was evaluated by medic.

Wallin said that SWAT thoroughly searched the home and determined the suspect was not inside. They also searched nearby woods but could not find him.

Anyone with information on Caldwell’s whereabouts should call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Arriero: 704-358-5945; On Twitter: @earriero
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