Three Killed, Two Injured In Weekend Violence In Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Three people were killed and two others suffered life-threatening injuries after a weekend of violence in North Carolina's largest city, authorities said.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said a series of shootings occurred within a 15-hour period, including a triple shooting early Sunday in northwest Charlotte, The Charlotte Observer reported. Police said they discovered the shooting after responding to a noise complaint.

The victim, identified as Sir Marquise Battle, 34, was pronounced dead on the scene by county emergency personnel, according to police. Two other victims whose identities weren't released were taken to a medical facility with serious life-threatening injuries.

Police said a 14-year-old girl was killed in a second shooting on Saturday afternoon. A news release said officers responded to an assault with deadly weapon call and found the victim with an apparent gunshot wound inside a home.

Officers charged Junio Alexis Ramos Estrada, 18, with involuntary manslaughter, statutory rape and possession of a stolen firearm, the news release said.

A third homicide occurred around 6 p.m. Saturday in a community just west of Charlotte Douglas International Airport, police said. The victim was identified as Samuel Sherrod Gregory, 58, CMPD said.