Several gunmen opened fire at a packed Juneteenth block party in North Carolina, where four people were killed and several others were hurt scrambling away, wild new video shows.
The footage from a nearby business — released Friday by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police — shows several people standing near an SUV when the early morning June 22 gunfire starts, sending others in Charlotte running for cover.
A group of people then emerge from the vehicle and unleash a barrage of more than 100 rounds into the crowd before getting into the SUV, the footage shows. Police hope the new footage will lead to an arrest in the case, as investigators have linked several shell casings found at the scene to other cases leading to the recovery of at least 10 firearms.
“The reward money for information leading to an arrest in this case sits at up to $22,000,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg police tweeted Friday.
Police said four people died and seven others were wounded in the shooting, while five others were hit by cars as they tried to flee the gunfire.
The victims have been identified as Kelly Miller, 29; Christopher Antonio Gleaton, 28; Jamaa Keon Cassell, 39; and 31-year-old Dairyon Dejean Stevenson, WBTV reported.
“It’s a miracle that we came out with what we did,” CMPD Chief Johnny Jennings told reporters during a news conference in reference to the fatality count.
Investigators said they “need to speak” to the individuals seen on the footage, but noted they’re not currently facing any charges since it’s unclear that the rounds they fired struck anyone, the station reported.
A father of one of the victims, meanwhile, said the past five months without answers in his son’s death on Juneteenth — which marks the official end of slavery in the US — has been tough to accept.
“Losing a child, it’s like diving in the ocean without an oxygen tank and diving without any air and hoping you hit the bottom,” Cassell’s father, Charles Billings, told the station. “Why my son? Of all the people, why my son? So just help me please. Help me find the ones that did this.”
The community, however, needs to “step up” and help investigators, police said.
“There was a couple hundred people out there that night,” Det. Adrian Johnson said. “We know people know what happened and who the shooters are, and we want those people to be brave and step up and do the right thing.”
Anyone who recognizes the individuals depicted in the new video is asked to call Charlotte Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600.
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