Sunday, January 1, 2012

Man Shot in Parking Lot of Club Backstage

UPDATE: The victim, Brandon Jermaine Covington, passed away earlier today at CMC.
Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Homicide Unit are conducting an investigation into a shooting in the parking lot of club Backstage, located at 8801 East WT Harris Boulevard in the Hickory Grove Division. The incident was reported at 1:58am on Sunday, January 01, 2012. The victim has yet to be positively identified.

Hickory Grove Division patrol officers responded to the club in reference to a shooting which was called in by CMPD officers who were working at the club in a Secondary Employment (off-duty) capacity. The off duty officers were hired by the club’s management to provide security for the New Year’s Eve festivities. In addition to the CMPD off-duty officers, private security was also working the club.

As the club closed for the night, CMPD officers were attempting to clear the parking lot when they heard several gunshots fired in the area of a crowd. When they made their way to the crowd, they found a male subject who had been shot in the head. Once Medic arrived on the scene, the subject was transported to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment, where he is currently in critical/unstable condition.

Detectives are asking that anyone who witnessed the shooting to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to Homicide Unit Detective Abbott. In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.