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12-year-old boy shot while waiting for school bus in northwest Charlotte, police say

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police crime scene investigator climbs a ladder while examining the scene of a shooting on West Sugar Creek Road Wednesday.
A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police crime scene investigator climbs a ladder while examining the scene of a shooting on West Sugar Creek Road Wednesday. WBTV

A 12-year-old boy was shot Wednesday morning while waiting for a school bus on West Sugar Creek Road, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said.

Investigators believe the boy, who was hit in the leg and is expected to survive, was not the target of the shooting. The suspect fired several shots at a group of people in front of a nearby motel around 7:30 a.m., police said.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Deputy Corey Thompson was driving nearby and heard the gunshots, sheriff’s office spokesperson Anjanette Grube said.

Thompson saw the suspect get into the passenger side of a car and followed him, police said.

During the chase, the suspect shot out of his car at Thompson, police said. Thompson did not shoot back, according to Grube.

Thompson followed the car onto Interstate 85. He ended up spotting the car a few miles away, near Linwood Avenue off Rozzelles Ferry Road, but the suspects had abandoned it, police said.

Police officers and sheriff’s deputies set up a perimeter in the area, and after a tip from a community member and a foot chase, one man was arrested a few blocks away.

Police also found a gun that was likely used in the shooting. They are also looking for a second suspect. The first man’s name and charges have not been released.

Jane Wester: 704-358-5128, @janewester
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