Man pleads guilty in 2015 NC Music Factory shootings that sent 5 to hospital

NC Music Factory where shootings took place. It’s now known as AvidXchange Music Factory.
NC Music Factory where shootings took place. It’s now known as AvidXchange Music Factory. tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com

A 20-year-old Charlotte man is going to prison in connection with a series of shootings at the NC Music Factory that sent five people to the hospital in 2015. Three of the wounded had life-threatening injuries, but all survived.

The popular night spot is now known as AvidXchange Music Factory.

Jason Farmer pleaded guilty to robbery with a dangerous weapon, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office. He was sentenced to four to six years in prison.

Farmer was one of three teenage suspects arrested in the case. He was 18 at the time. Charges against the two co-defendants in the shootings are pending, officials said.

Jason Farmer Mecklenburg County Jail

The shootings began just before 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, after a fight broke out at the Queen City Underground recording studio. The fight then spilled into a parking lot, police said.

People began shooting at each other, left the business and kept firing, police said. Farmer was among those wounded, police said.

When police arrived, they found a woman and two men with gunshot wounds in the parking lot. Minutes later, police found a wounded man in a car at nearby Spring and Callahan streets. The man had driven there from Hamilton Street, stopped and called for help, police said.

A fifth victim drove to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center with a gunshot wound that wasn’t life-threatening.

Police said a sixth person was hurt by flying glass.

The shootings came during one of the most violent weeks of 2015 in the city. Six people were fatally shot in one week, including five during the Labor Day weekend. One victim was a 7-year-old boy.

At the time of the his arrest in 2015, Farmer was on probation for felony possession of a stolen vehicle, court records show.