5 people hit in burst of gunfire at popular Uptown park on New Year’s Eve, CMPD says

New Year’s Eve celebrations in Uptown Charlotte were marred just before midnight when five people were hit by gunshots at Romare Bearden Park, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

All five victims are expected to survive, police said. Their identities have not been released.

It happened around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, and police officers were patrolling the park at the time, CMPD said in a news release.

“Preliminary information indicates that a suspect fired multiple rounds into a crowd hitting five victims,” police said. “All five victims suffered non-life threatening threatening injuries.”

A suspect was taken into custody at the scene, CMPD said. Details of a what caused the shooting to begin have not been released.

The incident happened about two blocks northeast of where Charlotte’s official New Year’s Eve celebration was staged, at the corner of Brooklyn Village Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Romare Bearden Park takes up a block along Church Street, about two blocks west of Bank of America Stadium.

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