Police: 12-year-old boy struck by bullet while waiting for school bus

A 12-year-old boy waiting for a school bus was struck by a bullet Thursday morning during a shooting in northeast Charlotte. He was taken to a hospital with a leg wound described as non-life threatening.

The shooting happened around 7:30 a.m. in the 1200 block of West Sugar Creek Road, near the Hidden Valley community.

Police said the boy was struck when someone opened fire on a group of people standing in front of a motel. Police did not report any other injuries.

A deputy with the Mecklenburg Sheriff’s Office, who was nearby, saw the shooter get into the passenger side of a car, which drove away.

The deputy followed the vehicle southbound on I-85. At one point, the suspect fired at the deputy from the moving vehicle. The deputy was not injured, CMPD reported.

As the deputy exited onto Brookshire Boulevard, he saw the vehicle with its doors open near Linwood Ave. The passenger and driver had fled.

As police were searching the area, a resident told them where to find one of the suspects, who was arrested after a chase. As of midday, police were still looking for the second suspect.

Officers recovered a gun that they believe was used in the shooting.

Police did not immediately release the name of the suspect they arrested.

Anyone with information is asked to call 704-432-TIPS to speak with a homicide detective, or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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