Police: Fourth Person Dies After Charlotte Mass Shooting
Police say a fourth person has died after Monday morning's mass shooting in northwest Charlotte.
Dairyon Dejean Stevenson, 31, died at a local hospital Tuesday night, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. Jamaa Keon Cassell, 39, 29-year-old Kelly Miller and 28-year-old Christopher Antonio "CJ" Gleaton died Monday. Police say Miller was struck by a car and that Cassell, Cleaton and Stevenson were all shot. In total, nine people were shot during the violence on Beatties Ford Road and five were hit by cars.
Shots were fired just after 12:30 a.m. Monday in the 1800 block of Beatties Ford during a party on the street. Police said at least 400 people were at the block party when the shooting started and that more than 100 rounds were fired. As of Wednesday morning, no arrests had been announced.
A crowd initially gathered on the street Friday for an unrelated Juneteenth celebration. Crowds gathered again nightly through Sunday, and police said there were about 400 people on the scene when shots rang out. Initially, police said, someone called 911 to report a person had been hit by a car. Video shows cars doing doughnuts on the street shortly before violence erupted. As an ambulance arrived, shots started ringing out.
On Wednesday, Deputy Chief Gerald Smith said 181 shell casings were collected from the scene.
"That's a lot of bullets," Smith said. "That's different types of guns. We can put it into two categories: handguns and assault rifles."
Smith said police are processing the shell casings and have found some links to "other cases" in Charlotte. He said there were "multiple shooters."
At least 20 people have provided anonymous tips, and Smith is asking for more people to come forward with any details -- even those that may seem insignificant.
Smith called the violence "senseless" and had no information about a motive.
"We're not looking at this as premeditated at this time," he said. "... We don't eliminate any possibilities, but right now there's no indication it was premeditated."