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CMPD: 'Bad Decisions' Led To Monday's Uptown Shooting Injuring Bystander

Julie Barry
Sarah Delia
CMPD Captain Julie Barry speaks to reporters Tuesday.

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department told reporters Tuesday that uptown is still a safe place, even after a shooting that occurred in the center city earlier this week.

Seventy-four-year-old John Holaday, the CEO of DisposeRX, a Sanford, North Carolina, company that sells materials to dissolve unused prescription drugs, was shot around 4 p.m. Monday. He was walking by the Epicentre when police say a fight broke out. CMPD arrested 16-year-old Raheem Shacklette from Georgia as the suspect in the shooting. He has been charged with attempted murder and possession of a stolen firearm.

Captain Julie Barry said questions have surfaced regarding the safety of the center city. Barry said multiple times that uptown is safe.

"This is not about location," Barry said. "Charlotte is facing the same struggles that any large metropolitan city is facing right now when young people are making these really bad decisions. So it’s not the location it’s just these people who are making bad decisions trying to settle a verbal argument or a small physical argument with gun fire."

CMPD says as of Tuesday morning Holaday remains in critical condition. The investigation is ongoing.

CMPD later released that three men were arrested and charged with simple affray -- which is fighting with at least one person in a public place that disturbs the peace -- in an additional physical altercation prior to the shooting. Those charged were: 17-year-old Taizojh Smith, 19-year-old Hazeem Shacklette and 20-year-old Ulondis Edwards.

Sarah Delia is a Senior Producer for Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. Sarah joined the WFAE news team in 2014. An Edward R. Murrow Award-winning journalist, Sarah has lived and told stories from Maine, New York, Indiana, Alabama, Virginia and North Carolina. Sarah received her B.A. in English and Art history from James Madison University, where she began her broadcast career at college radio station WXJM. Sarah has interned and worked at NPR in Washington DC, interned and freelanced for WNYC, and attended the Salt Institute for Radio Documentary Studies.