CHARLOTTE, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) – A 16-year-old was arrested after a 15-year-old boy was shot and killed in east Charlotte Sunday, according to CMPD.

That juvenile suspect is charged with the following:

  • Involuntary manslaughter
  • Possession of a firearm by a minor

Officers responded to calls around 11:30 a.m. regarding the incident in a residential area near the 7400 block of William Reynolds Drive.

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Maj. Jackie Briley briefed the media and confirmed a male juvenile had been pronounced dead on the scene; police records show the victim was 15.

“It’s definitely a tough scene, not only for the family but for the officers and the detectives involved. Everybody has family, children, relatives – and we’re human,” Briley said. “You can’t help but feel like if that was in your family, how would you do? How would you feel?”

Details about what led up to the child’s death were still unclear Sunday, but neighbors told Queen City News they were shocked to see the massive police presence.

“I kind of woke up and heard a little bit of gunshots, but I didn’t think anything of it,” said neighbor Velanie Nava. “And then I heard screaming, but I just thought it was kids playing around.”

Briley did say one person was in custody, and no additional parties are being looked for. She also addressed the importance of keeping guns in homes locked, safe, and secure; however, she said it was too early in the investigation to release details on what exactly happened.

“Responsible gun ownership is paramount,” she said.

CSI, victim services, Medic, CFD, the DA’s Office, and operations command were among the departments that responded to the scene.