CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – Three men are facing charges after five people were shot Friday night near a popular concert venue in uptown Charlotte. It started as a result of a fight between several people at a recording studio, according to Charlotte Mecklenburg Police (CMPD).
Chris Ardrey, 19, Cario Davis, 18, and Jason Farmer, 19, were all charged for their involvement. Ardrey and Davis were taken to police headquarters to be questioned after the shooting. Farmer was shot during the incident and taken to Carolinas Medical Center with serious injuries. He will be arrested and charged with multiple armed robbery related charges once he is released, according to CMPD.
Ardrey and Davis were in custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. Both of them were charged with armed robbery charges, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and alter or remove a serial number from firearm charges.
The shootings happened just after 10 p.m. on Hamilton Street near the NC Music Factory complex. Police say two groups began shooting at one another inside the recording studio Queen City Underground. The violence then spilled out into the parking lot, which is shared with VBGBs, a restaurant and beer hall.
When police arrived they found three of the people who were shot – two males and a female – in the parking lot. They said the female victim went to VBGBs’ patio for help. All three victims were taken by Medic to Carolinas Medical Center (CMC).
A short time later, officers found a man in a car who they say drove himself to Spring and Callahan Streets from Hamilton Street. The driver, who was also suffering from an apparent gunshot wound, was taken to CMC.
Police say a fifth gunshot victim drove himself to Novant Presbyterian Hospital, and a sixth person was injured by glass during the melee.
Medic said that three of the victims suffered very serious injuries. Officers said all were in stable condition as of midnight. No names have been released.
In a statement released by the NC Music Factory, officers responded quickly and made “arrests within minutes of the incident.”
“This type of behavior will not be tolerated at the NC Music Factory and the fact that these individuals were placed in custody in under 60 minutes we hope further sends a firm statement that crime our campus will not go unpunished,” the venue’s management said in a statement.
According to CMPD, weapons were found inside a vehicle that was leaving the scene. The occupants of that vehicle were detained and interviewed by detectives to determine if they were involved in the incident.
A witness who was inside the studio at the time of the shooting told WBTV that she didn’t hear the gunfire, but opened her door to find a victim and blood splatter. Another witness said the shooting in the parking lot happened while it was raining, which made it difficult to see.
Other events that night were able to go on as scheduled, according to the NC Music Factory.
People coming out of VBGBs said they did not hear anything related to the shootings.
“We are deeply saddened by the horrendous actions of these individuals and want to assure all that we remain committed to doing our best to prevent such isolated incidents and insuring public safety,” management said.
Police say they are still interviewing witnesses and ask anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.