‘My Son Is Innocent’; Local Mother Says Police Arrested Wrong Man For Shooting, Vandalism Of Daycare

CHARLOTTE — A local mother says Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police arrested the wrong man.  CMPD announced Tuesday they arrested Tyson Corpening for two separate crimes that they believe are connected.  Sunday, November 27th, a park ranger was shot in the leg at the Friendship Sportsplex on Cindy Lane off Statesville Avenue.  Then, Monday, five miles away from that scene, police responded to a daycare off Beatties Ford Road.  Authorities say someone threw a rock through the window of the daycare with a note containing hate speech and threats toward children.

Corpening appeared in court Wednesday facing numerous charges including attempted first degree murder and ethnic intimidation.  In court, the prosecution told the judge the park ranger told police a white man wearing a sky blue jacket shot him.  The judge responded: “But, Mr. Corpening is black.”

Joycelyn Boswell, Corpening’s mother, spoke exclusively with WCCB News.  She says police arrested the wrong man.

“The victim said that the person who shot him was a medium built white man.  My son is a tall, slender, 6 feet black man,” says Joycelyn Boswell, mother.

“To have a black man being charged with ethnic intimidation just let’s you know the sloppiness of the DA’s office,” says John Barnett with True Healing Under God.

Corpening remains behind bars on 10 million dollars bond.

The Latest:

Police have identified Tyson Corpening, 36, as the suspect arrested in connection to the shooting of a park ranger and the vandalism of a daycare.

CMPD SWAT team and the FBI arrested Corpening Monday. He is charged with the following:

  • Attempted Murder
  • Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury
  • Two counts of Ethnic Intimidation
  • Damage to Property
  • Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon
  • Threat of Mass Violence on Educational Property

Both the park ranger and the daycare, which police say was targeted with hate speech, have been told of Corpening’s arrest.

See more information on the shooting HERE.

Previously (12/5/2022):

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police says one person is now in custody in connection with vandalism Monday morning at Marizetta Kerry Child Development Center on Beatties Ford Road.

Police say someone threw a rock containing “hate speech and various threats toward children” through one of the windows. No one was hurt.

The daycare and police have updated parents on the incident. Police are checking other area daycares but have not found evidence of any other attacks.

CMPD says they have evidence to link this incident with the shooting of a park ranger on November 27th at Friendship Sportsplex, a park within walking distance of the daycare.

Police have not said if they believe the earlier shooting was a hate crime. The FBI is assisting with the investigation.