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Friends raise $25,000 for woman shot by stray bullet at NC Music Factory

Darcy Quan
Darcy Quan Go Fund Me

Two weeks after shootings at Charlotte’s NC Music Factory sent six people to Charlotte hospitals, at least one of the victims is still hospitalized as thousands of dollars pour in to help her.

Darcy Quan, 23, of Charlotte has been in Carolinas Medical Center since a stray bullet late Sept. 11 hit her in the lower right corner of her face. Police say Quan was an innocent bystander after a fight broke out during an apparent robbery attempt and shootings erupted at the Queen City Underground band rehearsal studio between several people. The incident spilled outside into a nearby parking lot.

Quan, found wounded with two other victims in the parking lot, was listed in good condition Friday.

Three Charlotte teens were charged in the shootings. Police said six people were injured.

A police report lists the names of three other victims, including Jason Farmer, who police said was involved in the dispute. The report withholds the name of a fifth victim but doesn’t say why.

Also listed as victims are Temesgen Ghebrekristos, 24, and Rusty Dale McDowell, 23, both of Charlotte. Efforts to reach both victims or their families weren’t successful.

Meanwhile, a co-worker at the Brixx Pizza restaurant where Quan has worked for seven years, set up a Go Fund Me site that surpassed its goal of $25,000 on Saturday. Some of Quan’s medical expenses will be covered by insurance, many will not, co-worker Emily Berg Cordero said.

Quan, she said, will be out of work as a server at Brixx in Birkdale Village “for a long time.” By Saturday night, 404 people had donated $25,120 in 10 days on the “Dollars for Darcy” site. A $2,135 donation came from “Friends of NC Music Factory.”

“Those of you who know Darcy, know that she is a very strong individual,” Cordero says on the Go Fund Me site. “She is fighting through this and continues to surprise the doctors and her family and friends with her infectious humor and positive attitude.”

The violence at the NC Music Factory followed six fatal shootings over the previous week in the city, including five on Labor Day weekend. One victim was a 7-year-old boy.

After the shootings, the managers said Friday they increased security not only at Queen City Underground, but at the campus entrance/exit. Since 2012, the complex of music venues, restaurants, beer halls and nightclubs off North Graham Street has seen at least three other shootings.

The managers said in an email the incident was an isolated attempted robbery and that the subjects were caught quickly.

“We feel this quick arrest was due to our many uniformed security and off-duty CMPD officers that were working on property,” the email said.

The number of officers at the underground and campus entrance varies on the time of day, with as many as four checking on both sites during busy times, the managers said.

Staff Researcher Maria David contributed.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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