Drake, Lil Wayne concertgoers escape injury despite sidewalk driving, gunfire

Two men, including an armed security guard, were charged after a weekend confrontation in which the guard fired at a car driving toward a crowd of people leaving a concert at the PNC Music Pavilion.

No one was seriously injured in the confrontation, which started at an apartment complex on Forty Niner Avenue, next to the pavilion, where rappers Lil Wayne and Drake performed Saturday.

Around 11:25 p.m. Saturday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police responded to a call reporting that someone was smashing the window of a vehicle at the complex in the University City area of northeast Charlotte. Before officers arrived, the police report says, someone flagged down Michael Vincent McCoy, a guard at the complex, and described the suspect’s vehicle.

McCoy spotted that vehicle near the complex exit and confronted the driver, the police report says. The exit leads to Pavilion Boulevard, which was congested with drivers and pedestrians leaving the concert. The report says McCoy stood in front of the vehicle and, as the driver accelerated toward the exit gate, shot twice at it.

“Responding officers noticed the vehicle driving recklessly on the (Pavilion Boulevard) sidewalk and stopped the vehicle a short distance away,” the report says.

The driver, identified as 20-year-old Juan Carlos Escobar Jr. of Gastonia, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and damage to property, both misdemeanors, and careless and reckless driving, a traffic charge. The report says he had minor injuries from broken glass. Police say they later determined it to be domestic-related damage.

Detectives determined that McCoy fired the second shot after the vehicle “no longer posed an imminent threat” to him or anyone else, the report says. McCoy, a 32-year-old Charlotte resident, was charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle, a felony, and discharging a firearm in the city limits, a misdemeanor. He turned himself in on Sunday.