Teenager Dies Following Drive-By Shooting In West Charlotte

The Latest (3/10/2020):

The 19-year-old victim of a drive-by shooting in west Charlotte has died due to her injuries. Stephenson was pronounced dead on March 9. This case is now being investigated as a homicide.

Original Story:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — CMPD detectives are investigating a shooting that happened at a busy intersection in west Charlotte.

Officers responded to an assault with a deadly weapon call on Sunday around 11:30 a.m. to the intersection of Tuckaseegee Road and Freedom Drive.

When officers arrived, they found 19-year-old Brianna Stephenson suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.  A second victim, who was driving the car, is identified as 18-year-old Jaquavious Royster.  Police found him a short time later.

Both victims were transported to the hospital, Stephenson is being treated for life-threatening injuries while Royster received only minor injuries.

WCCB News spoke to Stephenson’s step-father.  He says he doesn’t know anyone who would want to hurt her.

“There’s nothing that she could’ve done to anybody to warrant someone trying to kill her,” says Aaron Shorts, Step-father.  Shorts says the family decided Monday to remove Stephenson from a respirator.

According to CMPD, Stephenson and Royster were inside a Hyundai Sonata and were stopped at the intersection when someone in a separate vehicle, shot at the victims.

The suspect sped away from the scene and have not been located.

The investigation into this incident is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit detective. The public can also contact Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.