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Man, 19, charged in New Year's Eve shooting of 5 people in uptown

This story was updated at 6:25 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 1.

A man police suspect shot and wounded five people at Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte shortly before midnight Monday was taken into custody later in the day by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police. Daevion Crawford, 19, faces multiple charges including five counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

All five people at the park were shot below the knee and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The shooting was reported a little after 11:30 p.m., when "a suspect fired multiple rounds into a crowd."

The shooting took place a couple of blocks from the main uptown celebration, on Tryon Street at Levine Avenue of the Arts.

Footage from the scene showed lines of officers blocking off the area. Detectives used video technology to identify the suspect, police said. They relayed a description of Crawford to officers on the scene who took him into custody.

Crawford is also charged with going armed to the terror of the public. Police say the suspect was “not deemed to be an active shooter.” He was given a $750,000 bond.

Sunday night's shootings were the latest at Romare Bearden Park, one of uptown's most popular but also a hotspot for violence. Two people were seriously injured in April when they were shot in the park, while in November two more people were shot on South Church Street near the park.

There were multiple disturbances involving teenagers and young adults around uptown Charlotte Sunday night, police said. Eleven juveniles were arrested for charges that include possession of a handgun by a minor and assault on a government official. Police say three CMPD officers suffered minor injuries, including one that had a chemical substance thrown at the officer.

CMPD cited and charged six parents and guardians of the arrested juveniles with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

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Corrected: January 1, 2024 at 6:24 PM EST
There were five people shot in uptown Charlotte on New Year's Eve. An early version of this story said there were seven.
Ely Portillo has worked as a journalist in Charlotte for over a decade. Before joining WFAE, he worked at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and the Charlotte Observer.
Lisa Worf traded the Midwest for Charlotte in 2006 to take a job at WFAE. She worked with public TV in Detroit and taught English in Austria before making her way to radio. Lisa graduated from University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in English.