Police Quiz Suspect In Pregnant Teen's Bus Stop Slaying

Charlotte police have questioned the adoptive brother of a pregnant 15-year-old who was shot in the head as she waited at a Charlotte school bus stop.

Multiple media outlets reported that 36-year-old Royce Mitchell was wanted on warrants for statutory rape and indecent liberties with a minor. Charlotte-Mecklenburg homicide detectives have questioned him about the shooting, but describe him as a person of interest rather than a suspect.

Tiffany Wright died Monday, hours after she was shot while waiting for a morning school bus near her home in north Charlotte. The Hawthorne High School 11th-grader's baby was delivered at Carolinas Medical Center.

Police spokesman Rob Tufano says the shooting followed a domestic dispute.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


Police say a pregnant 15-year-old was shot and killed Monday morning as she waited at a North Carolina school bus stop.

Police spokesman Rob Tufano says Tiffany Wright was shot in the head in Charlotte. She died after being rushed to a hospital. She was 32 weeks along in her pregnancy.

Hospital spokeswoman Katie Ratchford says the baby is in critical condition.

Tufano says the shooting was the result of a domestic dispute, and investigators are searching for a suspect. Tufano did not elaborate.

He says the teen's foster mother went home after walking Wright to the bus stop. The foster mother heard gunshots and came out to find the teen in the street.

The girl attended an alternative school with a special program for pregnant teens.

Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


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  • by Rita Location: Jacksonville on Sep 16, 2009 at 09:35 PM
    Both of my children were very premature. I only at 29 weeks when my daughter was born and I was at 31 weeks when my son was born. If the baby is in a good hospital and was as developed as it should have been at 32 weeks then it should be able to pull through. Both of my children are fine and I thank god everyday for the wonders of modern medicine. I will keep the family and the baby in my thoughts and prayers and hope to hear good news soon. On a different note.... nobody is going to change their political views because of what you people say, so please just keep the negativity where it belongs... to yourself... and focus on what's really important about this story, that poor baby struggling for it's life, and the grieving parents of that poor girl.
  • by Kelly Location: LaGrange on Sep 15, 2009 at 04:03 PM
    Yes she was an un--wed mother but that gives no one any right to shoot her in the head. I pray for her family. Most of all this innocent baby.
  • by Anonymous Location: Washington on Sep 15, 2009 at 02:24 PM
    It's just really sad.... What is this world coming to? A life has been taken no matter what the situation was and an innocent baby suffers alone without a mother. Don't be so quick to judge someone. Pray for them and let the Lord do the judging. Look at your own flaws. May God bless this little baby with a loving home.
  • by MAMA Location: NC on Sep 15, 2009 at 12:21 PM
    To the Mike guy, there are no financial gains for a pregnant teen unless you call $230 a gain when you get that a month and you not only have to buy pampers and clothes and essentials...On top of that where can you pay rent, buy essentials, and pay utilities for $200 a month. Honey that's no GAIN...Its a BIG LOSS.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 15, 2009 at 11:31 AM
    "Mike" your comment was uncalled for. I take a offense to that, because I was a very young teenage mom. We all make mistakes, and we all have made stupid choices. Even as adults we still make those stupid choices. Just to let you know, only for one year my mother took care of my child. When I turned 16 and got a job to support my child. So stupid like you I wouldn't have to worry about. I wonder if this was your child would you say such a thing. By the way you're thinking you may want her to have an abortion. Maybe the adoptive brother may have been the father of this baby. That would give him a motative to kill the young girl. Maybe because she has dicuss telling who her actual baby father was.
  • by NC Location: Carteret on Sep 15, 2009 at 10:56 AM
    This should be a time of morning for this family. One child is dead another in critical condition who had no say in this situation. Let me tell you that I am a single mother of two and did just fine. My oldest is now a 19 year single mother of one and she is working, living on her own, paying her own way and that is with no help from the father. So Mike careful what you say....what comes around goes around...
  • by TRUTH Location: ENC on Sep 15, 2009 at 10:13 AM
    TO Rosebud, as for Mike's comment "The TRUTH shall set you free"
  • by Anonymous on Sep 15, 2009 at 10:12 AM
    Wow Mike... Let me think, you must have gotten a "baby" knocked up at the age of 16 and you had to take care of the "financial burden" of that "baby" am I right? If not, then you have been slapped one too many times in the face or hit one too many times in the head to post such a crude comment. I don't know when teenagers having children became "immodest" or however you spell it, but back in the days of our grandparents, teenagers were getting married and having multiple children, all the time. Nobody is saying anything about that. Why? Because it was in the past. I was concieved when my mother was a teenager, and I came out just fine. I've been on my own and fiancially stable since 18, with a job and supporting my own. And even if you took the "financial gains" away from the the teenagers...they will still be getting pregnant because at that age, the hormones are rushing, and they are in love, and they want to experiment. So think twice before saying rude comments, Mike.
  • by CCC Location: Greenville on Sep 15, 2009 at 09:18 AM
    Thelma, I have a heart to let me feel. I have a brain that uses common sense. 1) obama has DEEP ties to acorn - FACT 2)obama stated he wanted acorn to help shape our country - FACT 3)acorn got caught promoting prostitution of 13 year old illegals, this is one reason why MANY young girls die - FACT The association of these two means they(obama & acorn) are directly & indirectly responsible for the deaths of many. 1 1 will always egual 2. You people just keep drinking the koolaid and believing everything this fool says. Maybe one day you will open your eyes and see.
  • by Thelma Location: Edenton on Sep 15, 2009 at 08:56 AM
    I couldn't beleive what I was reading, when I read some of the comments protaining to the little girl getting shot in the head, I sure hope that those who voice such sad comments are proud of themselves. I see nothing in this story politcal I only see sadness, and how would you feel if someone could just step in and take a child from one of your under age children or relatives, there may be other reasons why she was pregant other than just teens having sex, besides that Have you forgotten that a young life has been taken and to use this to voice you dislike for the Presidents views and decisons is just wrong "GET A HEART"
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