CHARLOTTE — A man is dead after being shot outside of a south Charlotte bowling alley early on Sunday morning, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
Police were called to Bowlero just after 1 a.m. on South Boulevard near Woodlawn Road for an assault with a deadly weapon call.
At the scene responding officers found a man with gunshot wounds, who later died at the scene from his injuries. CMPD later identified the victim as 26-year-old, Anthony Smith.
A viewer told police set up a perimeter surrounding the area right outside the bowling alley on South Boulevard. At the scene, a Channel 9 crew saw bullet holes in the outside walls of the bowling alley, and broken glass on the top of the front door.
Veteran crime reporter, Glenn Counts, spent some time at the bowling alley where he spoke with customers who were shocked that something so violent happened there.
“I think that it’s really sad, it just tells me there are way too many guns in society,” Marcia Kistner, a customer, told Counts.
Several stray bullets damaged the outside of the bowling alley; luckily, no one was inside at the time of the shooting.
Employees who work in the area told Counts they have had to learn to be careful, especially at night. They’ve started watching each other get to their cars to go home after a late shift.
Even though Kitsner says she was surprised by the violence, the incident won’t stop her from returning to the lanes.
“No it won’t stop us, it won’t stop us. We even got bowling balls this year,” she said.
While police have identified the victim in the case, there is no new information about potential suspects or what sparked the violence.
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