A truck driver – a Ukrainian immigrant – is in a Charlotte medical center after a bullet barely missed his heart. The trucker and R&B singer Raymond Goodman of the local group, Metal Roze were shot outside the Pilot Travel Center off Exit 39 on Northbound I-85.
Wild 48 hours of shootings in Charlotte
Let’s start the clock at 11:30 p.m., Monday, October 3 at the Pilot Truck Stop off Statesville Avenue. Everyone should recognize it as it sits off the I-85/I-77 interchange in the heart of Charlotte, North Carolina.
The details of what transpired beforehand are still undisclosed, but what we do know is Raymond Goodman was outside the Pilot when another person shot him. Goodman died from his injuries despite receiving emergency treatment at a local hospital. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran.
Truck driver Vasyl Nesvit, a Ukrainian-born immigrant who settled in Gresham, Oregon seven years ago, was leaving the shower and headed back to his truck when he heard the first shots.
Nesvit ducked behind a vehicle after hearing another shot, but soon realized he had been hit in the chest. The gunman, still unnamed, ran as an off-duty firefighter began yelling for help.
Local police soon swarmed the scene, with EMTs rushing Nesvit and Goodman to a trauma center and into surgery. Local news reports say it was only 10 minutes from the time EMTs arrived until Nesvit was in the operating room.
Nesvit’s family and friends have set up a GoFundMe for his medical treatment and bills. He has no insurance and his employer is not helping since he was not in the truck at the time of the shooting.
The shooting spree was not over yet
A few hours later, another shooting took place. At this time it is unknown if it was connected to the shootings at the Pilot. There was an automobile accident in Steele Creek; two men were involved in a two-car crash.
Video from the scene shows a dramatic fight. After one man tries to walk away, the other man shoots and kills him.
A security camera caught this altercation on video, which was placed on local news WRAL’s website.
Then later on that Tuesday evening, another shooting occurred at the Fox and Hound Restaurant at the city’s Northlake Mall. Two people were killed when an argument took place.
Local police have not reported the names of victims or the accused shooter in this instance.
This is a developing story and Back The Truck Up will update you as details emerge.