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4 Shot, Including Ride Share Driver, At East Charlotte McDonald's

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Updated 11:30 a.m. 

A barrage of bullets fired outside an east Charlotte McDonald's early Saturday left four people wounded, including a ride share driver, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say.

The shootout began around 12:50 a.m., when a man and a woman were inside a ride share vehicle along with its driver in the fast food restaurant's parking lot off Eastway Drive. Police say two men armed with handguns approached them and exchanged gunfire with the male passenger, who was also armed.

During the course of the gunfight, the female passenger was shot and received a life-threatening injury. The two male assailants were also shot, and the ride share driver was grazed in the hand by a bullet.

Police say the two gunmen fled the scene in a silver passenger car and later arrived at Presbyterian Hospital. The ride share driver and his passengers drove down the street to a QT gas station, where firefighters and MEDIC arrived and transported the woman and the driver to Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center.

Police say they have identified all individuals involved in the shooting and are not looking for additional suspects.

The shooting came hours after two people were shot and injured inside Le Meridian Hotel in uptown Charlotte. WSOC-TV reported the shooting took place in a hotel hallway Friday night. One person sustained serious injuries in the shooting, and another recieved minor injuries after a bullet grazed their ear. It was unclear if police had identified any suspects in the shooting.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has been struggling to contain an outbreak of violent crime over the past year, including a surge in homicides.

Violent crime overall has risen 18.5% this year compared to last, according to quarterly crime statistics released on Tuesday.

A total of 60 homicides have been reported in Charlotte this year, with the most recent resulting in the death of a 23-year-old woman in north Charlotte on the Fourth of July. There were 58 homicides in Charlotte in all of last year.