Four Teens Charged With Shooting Into Cars, Leading Police On Seven-Mile Chase In Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The CMPD says four teenagers have been arrested after shooting into vehicles and leading officers on a seven-mile chase through Charlotte in a stolen vehicle.

Officers responded to numerous calls in the Woodbridge neighborhood near Yateswood Drive regarding gunshots in the area.

Officers located three vehicles that had been shot into and about 20 shell casings of various calibers.  Witnesses worked with authorities to identify the suspect vehicle, which was described as a white Toyota Rav-4.

There were no injuries reported from the shooting.

Officers located a vehicle matching the description and attempted to stop it, but the driver failed to stop and fled from officers.

CMPD says officers began a pursuit based on the violent nature of the suspects’ actions and danger they posed to the community.

The pursuit spanned nearly seven miles and ended when the suspect vehicle collided with a GMC Yukon near the intersection of Providence Road and Fairview Road.   No one was injured as a result of the accident.

Three of the four suspects ran from the vehicle but were detained shortly thereafter.  Officers set up a perimeter and used a canine unit to locate and arrest the fourth suspect.

The white Toyota Rav-4 was found to be stolen form a dealer ship on September 29th.   Three firearms were recovered from the vehicle.

Michael Anthony Thomas, 18, who was the driver of the Toyota, was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, flee to elude a law enforcement officer, discharging a firearm within city limits, resist/delay/obstruct a public officer and three counts of damage to property.  Thomas has a prior charge in Mecklenburg County for shooting into occupied property.

David Wayne Burns, 19, was charged with possession of stolen property, discharging a firearm within city limits, resist/delay/obstruct a public officer and three counts of damage to property.  Burns has prior charges in Mecklenburg County for murder, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and assault with a deadly weapon.

Tyliek Alex Stevenson, 18, was charged with discharging a firearm within city limits, resist/delay/obstruct a public officer and three counts of damage to property.  Stevenson has a prior charge in Mecklenburg County for shooting into occupied property.

Isaiah Richardson, 19, was charged with discharging a firearm within city limits, resist/delay/obstruct a public officer and three counts of damage to property.  Richardson has prior charges in Mecklenburg County for theft of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a minor.