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Shooting at Charlotte Cook-Out restaurant investigated

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr. and Elisabeth Arriero
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com earriero@charlotteobserver.com

Four people were shot outside a Cook-Out restaurant in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police were called to the restaurant on Sunset Road near Beatties Ford Road about 1 a.m. When they arrived, they found four people injured from gunshot wounds, said Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Capt. Todd Lontz. All four people were taken to Carolinas Medical Center with injuries that were described as not life-threatening.

No one had been arrested in connection with the shootings, and police had not named a suspect. Investigators also had not released the names of the victims, and a police report wasn’t available on Sunday.

The shooting was the latest report of violence at a Charlotte-area restaurant that caters to late-night diners.

At least four restaurants within a mile of the Cook-Out on Sunset Road, and dozens across the city, stay open later every night or on weekends to cater to late-night eaters or people leaving bars and clubs.

But later hours can also make such restaurants more likely targets of crime, police have said.

No one returned phone messages at a number listed for Cook-Out headquarters in Greensboro.

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