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.
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.”