CMPD: 40-50 shots fired into cars & uptown hotel

CHARLOTTE, N.C.– Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have charged three men in connection to a shooting in uptown Charlotte early Sunday morning.


G4S and Transit Police heard multiple gun shots near South Caldwell Street around 4:43 a.m. Sunday and saw a man fleeing the scene towards a Nissan Altima.  They were able to get the Altima’s tag as it fled westbound on East 4th Street.

When officers stopped the Altima in the 700 block of West 5th Street a passenger, with an AK-47,  jumped out and ran from the car.  Officers chased the suspect and took him into custody near a parking lot in the 700 block of West 5th Street.  Police say the man also had a pistol.

Police took two other suspects into custody and found two additional weapons in the vehicle.

Police say approximately 40-50 shots were fired into two vehicles and into the lobby door of the Hyatt Hotel.

Police charged Howard Wright, 32, Kevin Thompson, 28, and Dereke Bolton, 34, with three counts of shooting into an occupied dwelling and discharging a firearm in city limits.  Thompson and Wright were also charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

Howard Wright

Howard Wright.

Kevin Thompson

Kevin Thompson.

Dereke Bolton

Dereke Bolton.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.