A 911 caller, in whose Huntersville apartment a 19-year-old Cornelius man was shot and killed last month, reported that the fatal bullet was fired through his front door by assailants who fled in a black Chevy Impala.
“I have no idea,” the caller told the 911 emergency operator when asked what happened, according to an edited 911 tape released to the Observer this week by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. “I just came outside. There was a shot that went through my front door. My roommate said her friend’s down, he’s dead.”
After a public records request from the Observer, police released the tapes of two 911 calls that reported gunshots in the Landings at Northcross apartment complex on Feb. 19. Peter Michael Jordan, 19, of Cornelius, was killed.
Citing state law, police said they edited the tapes and altered the voices of the callers.
One 911 caller reported hearing two shots in the 315-apartment complex. The Landings is off Interstate 77 Exit 25 and Sam Furr Road, near Birkdale Village.
“We just heard two gunshots and then we seen a black car speed out of here really fast,” the caller said.
The other call came from someone in the apartment where Jordan died. The caller requested an ambulance and said four occupants of a black, newer model Impala had driven from the scene.
The caller said the victim had a bullet wound in his face and another bullet wound in his stomach and was “barely” breathing, according to the 911 tape. “He’s blue,” the caller said.
The caller also said the victim had a pulse. On the 911 tape, an emergency worker is heard asking the caller to make sure Jordan was flat on his back with no pillows beneath him. Then the worker led the caller in performing chest compressions on Jordan.
“1-2-3-4,” the caller said repeatedly in rapid succession while performing the compressions.
“Keep going, sir,” the emergency worker encouraged the caller. “Do the best you can until (the police) get there.”
The caller continued repeating “1-2-3-4” before he told the emergency worker, “All right, we got police here.”
Although Huntersville and not Charlotte-Mecklenburg police responded to the shooting, Huntersville has a contract with Charlotte-Mecklenburg to handle its 911 calls.
The Observer also made a public records request to the Huntersville Police Department for all audio communications between the 911 call center and Huntersville officers regarding the shooting, a copy of the police dash camera video, and all emails between the acting head of Huntersville public safety and Huntersville police command staff and officers who responded to the shooting.
Citing state law, Gerry Vincent, assistant Huntersville town manager, declined to release the records because he said they are part of an ongoing investigation. Vincent is acting head of the police department until a new chief is hired following Phil Potter’s retirement.
Huntersville police declined recently to provide any new details of their investigation into Jordan’s death – the town’s first homicide in more than two years. Jordan’s family is offering a $9,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest. Crime Stoppers is offering an additional $1,000.