Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were still looking Sunday for a man who shot five people, including a 2-year-old boy, in northwest Charlotte Saturday night.
The victims were sitting on a fenced-in patio about 10:30p.m. when a black man wearing all black clothes rounded a corner, yelled something and fired a shotgun, police said. Five people were struck, including the boy, who was shot in the foot. One man was seriously injured, police said.
At least one victim fired back, but it's unknown whether the suspect was struck.
The relationship between the victims is unknown. Police are not releasing their names because they are witnesses. Detectives are still investigating a motive.
The victims told police they didn't know the gunman, who Charlotte firefighters reported seeing running through the complex after the shooting. Attempts to find the man using the department's helicopter and tracking dogs were unsuccessful late Saturday night.
Property managers couldn't be reached by phone Sunday night.
One woman at the small apartment complex on Thomasboro Drive said she heard the commotion. She wouldn't give her name and declined to comment further. A man, who also refused to give his name, said he heard gunfire, which isn't uncommon in the area off Interstate 85 and Freedom Drive, he said.
About five months ago, less than a mile from Saturday's crime scene, Jeffery Earl-Green Williams was shot to death in the 4400 block of Wildwood Avenue. Residents told police that a group of armed black men wearing dark clothes and bandanas covering their faces walked up to a crowd in a parking lot outside a small apartment building.
The gunmen first fired into the ground and then began firing into the crowd, police said. Three people were hit. Danny Accor, 43, and Thomas Vinson, 30, suffered non-life threatening wounds, police said. Williams, who was found behind the small complex, died from his injuries.
Two days after the shooting, police took a man with a criminal history into custody. But he was later released and no charges were filed. No arrest has been made in that case.
Anyone with information should call Detective M. Santiago at 704-432-8477 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.