Two Years Later, Still No Arrests In Mass Shooting On Beatties Ford Road

CHARLOTTE — The family of four victims killed in a mass shooting in west Charlotte say their pain is still unbearable.

They can’t believe no one has been charged in the murders of Dairyon Stevenson, Jamaa Cassell, Christopher Gleaton and Kelly Miller.  The four were among the hundreds who attended a block party to celebrate the Juneteenth Holiday back in 2020.  Chantell Miller is Kelly’s older sister.

“Words can’t explain.  I’ve never been away from my sister this long.  So, it’s like the more time goes by, the more I hurt because it’s reality.  She’s not ever coming back,” says Chantell Miller.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police announced Friday that the FBI and local authorities are now offering over 47-thousand dollars for information to help them solve the case.

“What we encourage people is don’t assume we know things, and that you can be the person that makes a difference in this case,” says Lt. Brian Crum, CMPD.

Mario Black, founder of Million Youth March of Charlotte was there the night of the tragedy.  He even recorded the moments after the shooting live on social media.  He can’t believe the case is still unsolved.

“It’s almost like they’re at a dead wall.  Nothing, nothing,” says Mario Black.

At the site where the four victims lost their lives, city and county leaders unveiled a memorial declaring the city will never forget.

“I’m glad that we’re here today with this permanent marker, that this community, this city will not forget what happened here two years ago,” says Charlotte City Councilman Malcolm Graham.

“I grieve because we’ve lost somebody’s baby, somebody’s future.  Hold somebody accountable for this behavior!” says Mecklenburg County Commissioner Vilma Leake.

The community will hold another memorial Wednesday to remember the victims at Friendship Baptist Church at 6 p.m.

The Latest:

CMPD announced Friday an increased reward from the FBI for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the deaths of four people during a shootout on Beatties Ford Road in Charlotte on June 22nd, 2020.

The new reward is for up to $30,000 adding to contributions from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Charlotte Crime Stoppers, and private donors, for a total of up to $47,300, according to a news release.

CMPD says it is working with the FBI Charlotte’s Field Office and the ATF in the ongoing investigation of the mass shooting.

On June 22nd, 2020, detectives say more than 150 rounds were fired into a crowd of close to 400 people attending a Juneteenth Celebration.

Investigators believe more than one person fired into the crowd.

Three people died of gunshot wounds and another was killed by a car while fleeing the scene, according to a news release.

CMPD and federal partners have worked together over the past two years to investigate the shooting and identify those responsible.

Anyone with information on the mass shooting is encouraged to call the FBI Charlotte at 704-672-6100 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Tips can be given anonymously.

The Latest (11/13/20):

 

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has released surveillance video of a shooting that killed four people and injured several others on Beatties Ford Road in June during a Juneteenth celebration.

WARNING: The video contains content that some people could find disturbing

CMPD and the ATF are offering a $22,000 cash reward for information on the individuals responsible for the shooting.  Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Watch CMPD’s latest news conference in reference to this shooting here:

The Latest (9/30/20):

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives say they are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information on the individuals responsible for the deadly shooting in Charlotte that killed four and injured several others.

Investigators say on June 22nd multiple shooters fired more than 150 rounds into a large crowd celebrating Juneteenth on Beatties Ford Road killing three women and one man, and injuring several people fleeing the scene.

The Latest (7/7/20):

Surviving family members of two of the victims involved in the June 22, Beatties Ford Road homicide investigation speak out on Tuesday, July 7 at police headquarters about the lack of arrests.

The Latest (6/24/20):

According to CMPD, a fourth victim from the Beatties Ford Road shooting incident has died due to their injuries on Tuesday while in the hospital. The victim has been identified as 31-year-old Dairyon Dejean Stevenson and was one of the victims who was receiving medical care for a gunshot wound. His family has been notified of his death.

The investigation into this case 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 leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.

The Latest (6/22/20):

According to CMPD, a third victim in the north Charlotte block party shooting case has been pronounced dead. The victim has been identified as 39-year-old Jamaa Cassell.

Cassell’s family has been notified of the death.

The Latest (6/22/20):

CMPD held a press conference Monday morning to address and provide an update about the shooting that took place on Beatties Ford Road, that left two dead and 12 victims injured.

Sunday night’s incident was said to be apart of the continuation of ongoing Juneteenth celebrations which started on Friday in the area.

Deputy Chief Gerald Smith says three of the hospitalized shooting victims are still fighting for their lives.

Smith estimated that approximately 400 people were on the scene of the incident but no witness has came forward yet. In addition, the deputy chief also believes there were more than 100 rounds fired into the crowd.

After the press briefing CMPD confirmed the identities of the two victims that were killed in the incident as 29-year-old Kelly Miller and 28-year-old Christopher Gleaton.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is asking the public for assistance with any evidence that might help in the case – much like a video that has been seen on social media even though it does not show the actual shooting.

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Homicide Unit ask anyone with information to provide it by contacting them directly at 704-432-TIPS or leaving the information anonymously with Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.

The information provided to Crime Stoppers is anonymous. You do not have to leave your name, phone number, or address, and you do not have to appear in court. Information leading to an arrest in a homicide can also result in a monetary reward of up to $5,000.


Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, after being informed about the early Monday morning shooting, took to social media to express her thoughts.

Within her thread of four tweets the mayor made the following statement to close out her thoughts on the matter:

Violence only leads to more suffering and pain. To those families who lost loved ones this morning, I am grieving with you. And to all of those with injuries, I hope you recover quickly. I also want to thank the first responders who were on the scene and cared for those who were injured.

Original Story (6/22/20):

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — CMPD Homicide Detectives are conducting an investigation after two victims died after being shot, seven individuals injured from gunshot wounds and five more victims are suffering injuries after being struck by vehicles at a north Charlotte block party.

Officers responded to the shooting that happened on Beatties Ford Road, nearby Catherine Simmons Avenue, on June 22 around 12:30 a.m. after receiving a call for service to a vehicle collision involving a pedestrian with personal injury. While responding, officers heard several gunshots in the immediate area.

A short time later, police located a woman with an apparent gunshot wound, lying in the roadway on Beatties Ford Road. The victim was pronounced dead on the scene by Medic, CMPD says.

In addition, eight additional victims were struck by gunshots on the scene including one victim that was transported to the hospital by Medic with life-threatening injuries. The victim was pronounced dead at the hospital soon after. The other seven victims have been hospitalized due to their gunshot wounds.

Following preliminary information gathered during the investigation it has been indicated that several shooters discharged dozens of shots into the crowd of the Father’s Day block party.

Along with the gunshot wound victims, five victims sustained non-life threatening injuries after being struck by vehicles, police say. It is believed that one of the victims was the original individual that officers were responding to, and the other four were also struck by fleeing vehicles.

The investigation into this case 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. Detective Martin is the lead detective assigned to this case. The public can also leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.