Feud between Teenagers Turns Violent


Charlotte, N.C. – (Wednesday, June 16, 2021) – Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Westover Division have charged three teenagers for their involvement in a shooting that ended with two teenagers struck by gunfire.

Around 3:15 p.m. on June 14, 2021, officers received multiple reports of a shooting that had occurred near the 400 block of Fairwood Avenue.  When officers arrived, they located multiple crime scenes, and their swift analysis of evidence determined the two victims had fled the area in two different directions.  Officers coordinated efforts and successfully located both the 14-year-old victim who had been shot in the chest, and the 17-year-old victim who had been shot in both legs.  Both teenaged victims were transported to the hospital to be treated for their serious injuries.

Officers learned of a suspect vehicle which had fled the scene, crashing into multiple vehicles in the process.  Information provided by an alert community member led officers to a vacant apartment unit on Brookhill Road where the suspects were hiding.  Officers successfully took all three suspects into custody without incident.

During their investigation, detectives learned the shooting was the result of an ongoing feud between the parties involved which involved disrespectful social media posts and previous criminal interaction.  Following interviews with the three suspects, they were all charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill inflicting serious injury and felony conspiracy.  The 14-year-old suspect received additional charges for possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a minor.  The 17-year-old suspect received additional charges for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and hit and run.  The third suspect, Keith Grier, DOB: 09/17/2001, received an additional charge for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The investigation into this case is active and ongoing.  As additional information develops, it will be released by the CMPD's Public Affairs Office.  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to leave it with police by calling 911.  The public can also leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.  For additional information about this case, please refer to the report: 20210614-1515-04.