Man charged after 2-year-old shot, seriously injured in west Charlotte

Man charged after 2-year-old shot, seriously injured in west Charlotte
Devonte Warren was charged after police say a 2-year-old found an unsecured firearm and injured themselves on Aug. 12, 2020. (Source: Mecklenburg County Jail)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A man is being charged less than 24 hours after a 2-year-old child was seriously injured after being shot in west Charlotte.

The incident happened on Camp Greene Street around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Officers responded in reference to an assault with deadly weapon. When they arrived, they found a 2-year-old child with an apparent gunshot wound.

The child was taken to the hospital by Medic with life-threatening injuries. The child’s name has not been released, but officials said on Thursday morning they were in stable condition.

Investigators say they believe the child and their family were visiting friends at the Camp Greene St. home when the child found an unsecured firearm and injured themselves.

On Thursday, CMPD said the alleged owner of the firearm and friend of the family, 25-year-old Devonte Warren, was charged with failure to secure a firearm to protect a minor.

Devonte Warren
Devonte Warren (Source: Mecklenburg County Jail)

Officials previously said on Wednesday that detectives were speaking with all parties involved and not looking for any additional suspects.

Representatives with the Violent Crimes Unit, Special Victims Unit, Metro Division, and Child Protective Services are assisting with the investigation.

The investigation into the case is active and ongoing.

Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit detective.

The public can also leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.

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