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A car ad on facebook led to a shooting that seriously injured one person at a shopping center in southwest Charlotte, police said Wednesday.

The shooting occurred around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the downtown Berewick parking lot near Steele Creek Road, just south of Interstate 485.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, in a news release, said Tan Nhat Tran, 20, met with someone to sell a Dodge Charger he listed on Facebook Marketplace. Tran pulled out a handgun during the meeting, CMPD said on Twitter.

The would-be buyer tried to flee in a truck, but Tran clung to the passenger side and shot him in the abdomen, police said. The truck sped into the mall parking lot, where it hit at least one parked car and damaged another, according to the CMPD.

The victim snatched the gun from Tran, who fled to a nearby Hampton Inn & Suites, police said. Tran was arrested outside the hotel.

Video obtained by The Charlotte Observer shows Tran and the shooting victim struggling next to a blue Chevrole Tahoe SUV. The victim asks for help from witnesses, shows the video. After a Charlotte firefighter pulls the victim to safety, a third individual runs to the SUV, grabs a gun, and chases Tran.

The CMPD did not provide information on the third.

The charger was reported stolen in Alabama, police said.

Tran is charged with “assault with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily harm” and “possession of a stolen motor vehicle”.

CMPD did not immediately respond to incident report requests.


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Kallie Cox covers public safety for The Charlotte Observer. They grew up in Springfield, Illinois and attended school at SIU Carbondale. They reported on police accountability and barriers to LGBTQ immigration for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. And, they previously worked at the Southern Illinoisan before moving to Charlotte.