Police have charged a Charlotte man in the Labor Day shooting of a teenager outside Carowinds, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office.
Brock Alexander Bewley-Goodridge, 22, of the 7600 block of Waterford Glen Loop in Charlotte, was arrested Tuesday and placed in the Mecklenburg County jail.
He is accused of shooting a 14-year-old boy in the bus parking lot of Carowinds after he “inserted himself into a teenage argument that occurred earlier in the day,” sheriff’s spokesman Trent Faris said.
“Bewley-Goodridge recklessly fired shots without regard to the safety of others in an area where multiple people were entering or leaving the theme park,” Faris said.
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Deputies were working an off-duty assignment at Carowinds when they were notified by park security of a shooting near the bus parking lot.
The 14-year-old victim was found with two gunshot wounds to the abdomen, sitting on the grass near the drop-off area in the bus lot, according to a sheriff’s report. He was surrounded by a group of people he had been with inside the park.
Medic EMS took the boy, whose injuries were considered life-threatening, to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
One witness told deputies she was sitting in a gas station near Carowinds and heard the suspect “talking about going to Carowinds and assaulting the victim.”
Two other witnesses said they had left the park and there was a fight going on between boys and girls when a blue or teal Dodge Magnum pulled up, deputies said. At that point, a man got out of the car and fired “numerous” shots.
The vehicle identified as the one the suspect got out of was found at Bewley-Goodridge’s home by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police on Monday, Faris said.
There were initial reports of panic among people inside the park, Faris said. However, when law enforcement arrived, the scene was “fairly calm.”