CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Charlotte man plead guilty on Thursday in connection to a shooting that occurred in the Grier Heights neighborhood last year. The trial against Ryan Hopkins began on Wednesday. Following testimony from the victim, 21-year-old Hopkins plead guilty to attempted first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Hopkins could spend up to 19 years in jail.
On May 5, Hopkins and the victim were at a block party in the Grier Heights neighborhood when they got into an argument. Later, a brief scuffle between the two occurred on Burkland Drive. Authorities say Hopkins left, went to his home and got a gun. He then returned to the neighborhood and fired several shots at the victim and his friend as they ran away. The victim was shot in the back of the neck.