Charlotte, N.C. – (Tuesday, September 21, 2021) – Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Independence Division have charged 19-year-old De'Aaron Truesdale and a 15-year-old juvenile in this case.
As a result of interviews and evidence gathered in this case, the preliminary investigation indicates the 15-year-old juvenile and a one-year-old child were passengers in a vehicle being driven by De'Aaron Truesdale, DOB: 12/18/2001. While they were traveling along East Independence Boulevard, a gold sedan pulled up next to them, and gunfire was exchanged between the occupant(s) of both vehicles. As a result of this exchange of gunfire, the 15-year-old juvenile was shot in the leg, and the one-year-old child was grazed in the head. Their injuries were serious, but not life threatening.
Evidence gathered indicates Truesdale and the 15-year-old juvenile fired their weapons, and that it was rounds from Truesdale's weapon that struck the 15-year-old juvenile and one-year-old child. As a result, Truesdale was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, child abuse inflicting serious injury, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, reckless driving and hit and run. The 15-year-old juvenile was charged with possession of a handgun by a minor.
Detectives are actively searching for the gold sedan and its occupants that were involved in this shooting. The vehicle should have damage along the driver's side, consistent with being side-swiped. It may also have damage from being struck by gunfire.
Anyone who sees a vehicle similar to this description is asked to report it to 911, immediately. The public can also leave information anonymously with Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/. For additional information about this case, please refer to the report: 20210920-1812-02.
Charlotte, N.C. – (Monday, September 20, 2021) – Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Independence Division are conducting a shooting investigation that occurred in the 5700 block of Independence Blvd.
On September 20, 2021, at approximately 6:12 p.m., officers responded to an assault with a deadly weapon call for service in the 5700 block of Independence Blvd. Upon arrival, officers located two juvenile victims with gunshot wounds. One of the victims is under the age of 5-years-old. Medic transported both victims to a local hospital with serious injuries.
CMPD's Crime Scene Search Unit responded to the scene to process the scene and collect physical evidence Representatives with CMPD's Operations Command and the Charlotte Fire Department also responded to assist.
The investigation into this case is active and ongoing. As additional information develops, it will be released by the CMPD's Public Affairs Office. 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: 20210920-1812-02.