3 Memphis Men Arrested In Uptown Charlotte Drive-By Shooting CIAA Weekend

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Three people are in police custody following a shooting in uptown early Sunday morning.

Police were called to Caldwell Street between Third and Fourth streets after a report of shots fired around 4 a.m.

A woman and a friend were sitting in the SUV when a bullet shattered her rear window and struck the hood of the vehicle.

Bullets also hit the van that was parked in front of the SUV. The bullets went in the van and out the other side. At least two dozen bullets hit the van, and police say a total of at least 40 shots were fired into the vehicles and the front lobby of the Hyatt hotel.

Detectives say both vehicles were parked at the curb when they were hit by bullets around 4 a.m. Police say shots were fired from the Government Center parking deck.

Three suspects fled the scene and were caught a short time later. One suspect, Howard Wright, attempted to flee officers on foot following a traffic stop in the 700 block of West 5th Street, authorities say. Wright is said to have in his possession both an AK-47 and a pistol.

The other two suspects in the vehicle, Demetrius Thompson and Dereke Bolton, were taken into custody without further incident, however, two other weapons were located inside the vehicle, police say.

All three suspects are charged with three counts of shooting into an occupied dwelling and discharging a firearm in city limits. Thompson and Wright were also charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

There is no motive yet for the shooting.

Police say the suspects and the victims are in town for CIAA tournament, but they don’t know yet what the connection is or whether there was an ongoing feud. No victims were injured.