CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A pregnant teen who was shot at her school bus stop in northeast Charlotte early Monday morning died as a result of her injuries and police are searching for the killer.
The shooting was in the 6700 block of Mallard Park Drive and occurred just before 6 a.m.
Neighbors who escorted their children to the bus stop Monday morning were shocked by the tragic news and all of the commotion on what is typically a quiet street.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said the victim was 15-year-old Tiffany Wright.
The teen's foster mother said she went inside the house to get Wright a glass of water. The foster mother told police she later heard at least three gunshots. When she went outside, she discovered that Wright had been shot.
When police officers arrived, they found the victim lying on the street suffering from a single gunshot wound to the head.
"Witnesses heard a car speeding away after the shooting, but we don't have a good description of the car at this time," CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe said.
Wright was 32 weeks pregnant, police said.
She was critically injured and transported to Carolinas Medical Center-Main where she later died. Doctors manage to save the unborn child's life and the baby was listed in critical condition Monday afternoon.
Dozens of police officers spent the morning canvassing the neighborhood and questioning people in an effort to find out more about the suspect.
The CMPD said the shooting was no random act of violence and that it was the result of a domestic dispute. They have not released the suspect's name.
Wright was an 11th grade student at Hawthorne High School which is an alternative campus. The school offers a variety of programs including the TAPS program for students who are pregnant. Additional counselors were at the school on Monday providing assistance to students and staff. A large banner was placed in the cafeteria in memory of Wright.
If you have any information about this shooting, call 704-332-TIPS or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
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Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools released the following statement Monday morning:
Fifteen-year-old student Tiffany Wright was shot at a bus stop this morning. Tiffany was an 11th-grade student at Hawthorne High School. She was transported to Carolinas Medical Center-Main this morning, where she passed away. There are counselors at Hawthorne this morning to provide support to students and staff, and the school principal is sending a Connect-ED message to families.