CONCORD, N.C. — Police say they have arrested Dontae Milton-Black for a shooting at Concord Mills Mall that led to the death of a 13-year-old girl and injured two others.
- Police say they received a call about a fight near Dave and Busters around 8:40 p.m. and shots were fired a few seconds later
- A 13-year-old girl was killed and two boys younger than 16 were injured
- Police have charged Dontae Milton-Black in connection to the crime
On January 1, Concord Police announced 18-year-old Black, of Charlotte, had been arrested and charged with first degree murder and felony riot in connection to Saturday's shooting.
Concord Mayor William C. "Bill" Dusch released the following statement regarding the incident and Black's arrest:
"The Concord City Council and I join many in our community thankful for this morning's arrest related to last weekend's shooting incident at Concord Mills. The senseless violence claimed the innocent life of 13-year-old Aveanna Propst, physically injured two other bystanders, and caused immeasurable trauma and suffering to victims' families. Many people who witnessed this incident, their families, and indeed the entire community feel sorrow and anger about what happened. We thank the Concord Police Department for their efforts, as well as the many partner agencies assisting with the immediate and ongoing response. We particularly thank the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Violent Criminal Apprehension Team members, who took 18-year old suspect Dontae Milton-Black into custody this morning without incident. We also mourn for the suspect's family and what this incident means for the many people who hoped for so much more in the life of a young person they cared about.
Saturday was a hard day in our City with this incident following another unrelated shooting hours before, resulting in the death of Derron Jordan. We ask the community to continue providing information to police that will lead the the arrest of murder suspect 16-year-old Omarionne Tymyrre Hudson, so that justice will also prevail in this case.
As a community, we must go forward with continued compassion for each other, and a willingness to work together to address the issues in our society that cause such unnecessary violence."
Concord Police say Black got into a verbal altercation with a 16-year-old inside the mall around 8:40 p.m. near Dave and Busters. As the argument escalated, investigators say the teens noticed Black was possibly in possession of a gun and left the area.
Once outside, Black noticed the teen again and allegedly began firing shots in his direction.
Police say 13-year-old Aveanna Propst was killed in the shooting. Two other boys younger than 16 were also shot and taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
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Police say they do not believe the teenagers were the intended targets of the shooting. The relationships between the victims, target, and suspect are still unclear.
Earlier in the day, police were also called to another homicide on nearby Lincoln Street. Police say that incident was not related in any way to the shooting at Concord Mills.
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