Juneteenth celebration turns deadly as 2 killed, 12 injured in Charlotte

More than 100 shots were fired outside of a block party in North Carolina

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As lockdowns are lifted around the country, more and more people are heading out. Sadly, that also means that gun violence is returning to prominence in some places.

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This weekend, an outdoor Juneteenth celebration in Charlotte, North Carolina, was interrupted by the sounds of more than 100 shots being fired. When the shooting ended, two people were dead and 12 were injured.

WBVT reports that the two people killed were Kelly Miller, 29, and Christopher Antonio Gleaton, 28.

“It was a very, very chaotic scene,” police told WBTV. “We’re talking about 400 people in one spot, not one witness, not one.”

Police say there were multiple shooters in the incident which took place Sunday night around 12:30 a.m. in a location in North Charlotte that they describe as an “unorganized” Juneteenth celebration. Four of the 12 people injured and taken to nearby hospitals were hit by vehicles, reports say.

“Preliminary information gathered during the investigation indicates that several shooters discharged dozens of shots into the crowd who had been gathered in the area,” police said.

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A Twitter user posted a video of what he described as the shooting and gunfire can be heard when an EMT vehicle pulls up. (Warning: gunshots, language)

No arrests have been made. Shootings in Minneapolis and Chicago made this one of the deadliest weekends since most of the U.S. was placed under lockdown orders due to the coronavirus in March. Over 100 people were shot in Chicago over the weekend and a 13-year old and a 3-year old were among the fatalities.

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