Crime & Courts

1 shot, seriously injured near transit center in uptown Charlotte

One person was seriously injured during a shooting near the Charlotte Transportation Center Wednesday afternoon.

The shooting was reported about 3:30 p.m. in the 100 block of Brevard Street, across from Time Warner Cable arena. Police found the victim lying in the parking lot with a gunshot wound. He was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, but authorities haven’t released an update on his condition.

Late Wednesday, police announced that they had arrested Dajour Smith, 19, in connection with the shooting. He’s charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed weapon and resisting arrest. His bail information wasn’t available late Wednesday.

“There were some known acquaintances and there was an altercation that started,” CMPD Capt. Mike Campagna told reporters. “The victim was struck, and he is being transported to the hospital.”

Campagna, who heads the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Central division, said the suspect in the case was detained by G4S security officers, who have jurisdiction in the transit center.

Photos from WBTV, the Observer’s news partner, showed a fire truck and an ambulance parked on Brevard Street just outside one entrance to the transit center. Police had used crime scene tape to rope off a parking lot across the street.

A Charlotte Area Transit Center spokeswoman emphasized that the shooting didn’t happen at the transit center but could not say whether the altercation began there.

Campagna said there was a lot of pedestrian traffic nearby during the shooting, but no one else had been injured.

“The main thing we know is there were a lot of people around,” he said. “We want to reach out to the community to say if you saw something, get in contact with us.”

Campagna encouraged witnesses to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.: 704-358-5046, @CleveWootson