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Three Arrested In Killing Of Bystander Near Uptown

Kendal Crank

Update 3:51 p.m.

CMPD has made three arrests in connection with the killing of a Charlotte mom who was caught in the crossfire of a shootout yesterday.

CMPD arrested 17-year-old Adonis Javell Smith, 22-year-old Tychicus Dobie and 24-year-old Marquis Smith charging them with murder and discharging a weapon into a moving vehicle. Officers found 27-year-old Kendal Crank in a vehicle on 28th street and North Tryon on Thursday near uptown Charlotte. According to police, Crank was shot while driving, which led to her vehicle crashing. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

CMPD Lieutenant Bryan Crum said the three men were somehow connected but wouldn’t specify how or who the intended target of the gunfire was.

“The incident started at that intersection in the parking lot,"  he said. "At some point shots were fired from a vehicle that was involved in the incident.”

Multiple reports say Kendal Crank, 27, was traveling to pick up her kids nine-year-old Lamaya and three-year-old Kyrie when she was struck.

CMPD says officers found Crank on 28th Street near the intersection with Tryon Street around 5:30 pm. According to police, it appears Crank was shot while driving and that her vehicle then crashed.  She was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses told police several males were shooting at each other near the intersection at the time. 

Not long after Crank was found, police say, a man entered the CMC-Main Hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his arm. CMPD said that man was Dobie. 

CMPD is still looking for witnesses. But Crum said the department isn’t looking for any more suspects. Crum says tens of shell casings were recovered from the scene.