CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Police took two people into custody after law enforcement chased a speeding vehicle through the streets of Charlotte and into Gaston County in connection with a double shooting Wednesday afternoon. Officers were called just after noon to the scene on Effingham Road, off of Tuckaseegee Road.
When police arrived they found a pregnant woman and a man who had been shot. Medic said both were taken to Carolinas Medical Center but would survive.
“I started praying and moving and starting calling the police,” neighbor Cristene Jenkins said.
Police said they were looking for a silver sedan in connection with the shooting and from Chopper 9 Skyzoom, a vehicle matching that description could be seen speeding through the streets of north Charlotte.
WSOC-TV contacted police and let them know the location of the vehicle.
Channel 9 watched as the driver tried to elude officers at a high rate of speed, blowing through intersections and breaking numerous traffic laws.
After nearly 45 minutes, the driver and a passenger abandoned the vehicle along Interstate 85 in Gaston County, near exit 23, and ran off into the woods.
Police chased after them on foot and eventually took both into custody.
“Very seldom any excitement goes down here,” neighbor Dick Roberts said.
Police charged 22-year-old Reco Lamont Perry and 22-year-old Tahjah Adarrious Quarles with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, felony conspiracy, battery of an unborn child, and resisting arrest.
Perry will also face charges related to the chase.
Both men will make their first court appearance Thursday.