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Police arrest man accused of shootings at anti-violence rally

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

Police have arrested a man accused of firing gunshots and injuring four people during an anti-violence memorial north of uptown Charlotte.

Louie Raymond Forney, 22, has been charged with several felonies: attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm by a felon, assault with a deadly weapon and going armed to the terror of the public.

The anti-violence group Mothers of Murdered Offspring sponsored the memorial on Thursday, calling attention to the Aug. 29 death of Javon Booker. Police say Booker was shot and killed when he allegedly tried to rob a convenience store on Tom Hunter Road.

The service took place Thursday in the 2500 block of Pinckney Avenue, a block south of Matheson Avenue.

Shortly after 10:30 p.m., police were called by someone at the memorial who said a person pulled a gun and began firing at people.

When officers arrived, they found that most people had fled, and there were no shooting victims. But within a short time, police learned that there were four victims, each of whom had called 911 from a different location.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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