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Business offers reward in robbery that left victim paralyzed

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

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police announced a $10,000 reward for anyone who helps investigators find the robber who shot a man in the back last week, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down.

The reward, put up by an anonymous business, stems from a Nov. 1 robbery in the Steele Creek community in southwest Charlotte that involved two victims on their way to work.

CMPD robbery Sgt. Brian Scharf said two robbers had demanded money and property from a 29-year-old man who had walked out of his apartment on Lodge South Circle.

Another man, also leaving for work, happened upon the robbery, then turned around and ran. One of the robbers fired at the fleeing man, hitting him in the back and severing his spinal cord. He remained hospitalized at Carolinas Medical Center on Thursday.

Investigators had only a vague description of the suspects: black men, possibly with dreadlocks, about 6 feet tall in their late teens to early 20s.

Police encouraged anyone with information about the shooting or the robbery suspects to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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