CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department identified a man arrested for allegedly shooting a firearm at a comedy club in downtown Charlotte on Saturday night.
Police said Omar James McCombs, 36, has been charged with nine counts related to the incident.
No one was hurt Saturday, but the situation canceled the show at The Comedy Zone at the AvidXchange Music Factory, where comedian Craig Robinson was supposed to perform.
Employees told Channel 9 reporter Tina Terry that a man entered the club waving a gun and demanded everyone leave the building. Employees said it happened around 9:10 p.m.
About fifty customers were inside and dozens more outside. Employees said they started running out. The CMPD confirmed that after everyone was evacuated, McCombs allegedly fired this weapon inside.
Officers said upon arrival they found several victims who said McCombs had pointed a gun at them and threatened to harm them.
Officers were able to quickly arrest McCombs and take him to CMPD headquarters.
McCombs was charged with five counts of assault while pointing a firearm, one count of discharging a firearm into an enclosure to incite fear and one count of possession of a firearm by a criminal, among other charges. His liabilities total $90,000, according to Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office arrest records.
“A lot of chaos”
Meanwhile, many people who were there on Saturday were just grateful no one was hurt.
“I heard there were people coming out, even some of our colleagues couldn’t get in. They were confused,” Serenity Sanders said. “A lot of chaos. I’m glad it wasn’t bad, people could still come to the factory and enjoy their free time.
It all happened about 30 minutes before a sold-out show with Robinson. Police say the show has been cancelled.
On Saturday evening, Robinson spoke for the first time in an Instagram Live he recorded after the frightening situation.
“There’s an active shooter at the club I was at, so we had to run here for this gig,” he said. Then later, “It was just wild, I was in the green room, they were like ‘everyone get out.’ It was wild for sure.
Robinson then shared a statement on her Instagram.
“Thank you Security and Comedy Zone staff for getting us to safety quickly. Thank you all for your outpouring of support and well wishes. Thank you CMPD for moving quickly to apprehend the shooter. Hope he gets the help he needs. Thank God no one was hurt. Please stay safe everyone.
Chief Johnny Jennings echoed that sentiment saying he was proud and grateful to all CMPD staff involved in de-escalating the incident.
The Comedy Zone canceled Sunday night’s show to take a “short break” after the incident.
Anyone who purchased tickets for the show on Saturday or Sunday evening will have their tickets refunded.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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