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Shootings outside two Charlotte malls are unrelated, police said

Two shootings involving motorists outside two Charlotte malls since November are unrelated and highly unusual, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police spokesman Robert Tufano said Tuesday.

Police on Tuesday continued to search for a suspect in a shooting near SouthPark mall on Monday evening.

One person fired at a moving car during a fight near the mall, police said.

Police said the 6:30 p.m. shooting wasn’t connected to the mall, which is in the same block on Sharon Road.

According to police, two people had an altercation near the intersection of Morrison Boulevard and Sharon Road. Both got into their vehicles and started to drive on Sharon Road.

As one driver attempted to make a U-turn at an intersection, the other fired shots into the vehicle. Both drivers then fled. Police said a hit-and-run at the intersection also was connected to the shooting.

A short time later, someone showed up at Northeast Regional Medical Center with a gunshot wound that police said is connected to the incident.

No one has been arrested in connection with the shooting, police said, and officials haven’t issued descriptions of any suspects.

On Nov. 15, police responded to a shooting in the 7000 block of West W.T. Harris Boulevard.

Investigators said someone in a burgundy Ford Fusion was shooting a semi-automatic rifle at a white Oldsmobile Cutlass while chasing it away from Northlake Mall, according to WBTV, the Observer’s news partner. One bullet went through an empty baby seat in one of the cars, WBTV reported.

Authorities said one person, James Alton Russ Jr., was taken to Presbyterian Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Tufano said neither incident suggests that such shootings are becoming more common.

Tufano said police continue to investigate both shootings and encourage anyone with information to contact the Crime Stoppers tip line at 704-334-1600.

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