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7 guns, 4 pounds of weed found in home where UNCC student was shot

A UNC Charlotte student was seriously injured in a shooting on Bonnie Lane in Charlotte's University area Thursday afternoon.
A UNC Charlotte student was seriously injured in a shooting on Bonnie Lane in Charlotte's University area Thursday afternoon. Davie Hinshaw

Police arrested a 20-year-old UNC Charlotte student after searching the home where a shooting took place Thursday.

He was arrested after police found drugs and guns on the property.

Blaise Bennett, a resident of the home, faces two counts of felony possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia, police said in a release.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police were called to the 1300 block of Bonnie Lane in the University City area around 12:35 p.m. Thursday, where they found a male student who had been shot in the chest. The incident took place during a robbery at the off-campus home.

The robbery happened after the victim and the two shooting suspects had arranged a drug sale at the home, police said. The suspects stole a gun and cash from the victim, and then shot him, police said in a release. They escaped in a gray Nissan Altima, and officials were still looking for them Friday.

The victim, a UNCC student whom they have not named, was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. He was in stable, but serious condition at the hospital as of Friday afternoon, police said.

After searching the home, police recovered 4.5 pounds of marijuana, three rifles, two shotguns and two handguns they later determined were BB pistols.

Blaise Bennett
Twenty-year-old Blaise Bennett, a resident of the home where a UNC Charlotte student was shot Thursday, faces two counts of felony possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. Mecklenburg County Jail

CMPD Captain Brian Foley called on the community’s help to prevent similar violence from occurring.

“With the people and the activity that we saw, I am shocked that nobody said that they saw anything,” Foley said in a press conference from police headquarters Friday. “If you see this kind of activity going on, if you’re aware of that kind of street level or home level drug sales and activity, you need to call us.”

LaVendrick Smith; 704-358-5101; @LaVendrickS

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