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2 injured in shooting at Le Méridien hotel in uptown Charlotte

Two people were injured in a shooting at the Le Méridien hotel in uptown Charlotte on Friday evening, including one seriously wounded, police said.

The shooting “appears to have occurred in a hallway,” CMPD Lt. Andy Harris said in a news release.

Medic reported treating one patient for “serious” injuries and taking the person to Carolinas Medical Center. That victim was shot twice, police said late Friday. He is in serious but stable condition, according to a CMPD news release.

A 911 call about the shooting came in at 5:50 p.m., according to Harris. The hotel is connected to the Sheraton Hotel in the 550 block of South McDowell Street.

Police said a second male victim was “running from the scene” and was found at nearby Third Street and Interstate 277, police said. He had “a minor bullet wound (graze) to his ear and is being transported to the hospital for treatment,” according to a CMPD release.

Officers detained someone following the shooting but later determined “was not the suspect,” according to a news release later Friday night.

Police said CMPD detectives determined that the suspect and victim know each other and “we are still working on determining the motive.” No arrests have been made, according to a release.

A Charlotte Observer reporter saw paramedics wheeling a man on a stretcher into a Medic ambulance just after 6 p.m. The ambulance was parked at the entrance to the hotel.

Meaghan Austin told reporters outside the hotel that she was in her car when she saw a fire truck approach the hotel.

“I thought it was a fire” at first, she said. “I hope everybody is safe.”

While she waited in the lobby for the elevator, the doors opened, and a stretcher came out with one of the victims, she said.

“He looked in pretty bad condition,” Austin said. “He was covered with a blanket. His eyes were closed.”

The last shooting at an uptown Charlotte hotel occurred on March 3, when two people were shot and hospitalized after an argument in an elevator at AC Hotel, the Observer reported at the time. The AC Hotel is part of the same building as the Epicentre entertainment complex on East Trade Street. A 26-year-old Columbia, S.C., man was charged in the case.

Staff Writer Annie Ma contributed.

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Joe Marusak has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1989 covering the people, municipalities and major news events of the region, and was a news bureau editor for the paper. He currently reports on breaking news.
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