Raynique Janielle Austin Photo Courtsey of MCSO
Raynique Janielle Austin, 23 is charged with attempted murder, damage to property, hit and run, as well as flee and elude after a violent incident at the EC Beauty Supply located at 1237 Tyvola Drive.
The owner of the store said the woman, who was later identified as Austin, went ‘hysterical’ and started knocking things over after he tried to help her open a case of earrings.
The owner told Austin to leave the store. She did but not before first announcing she had a gun in her car.
“I saw she had a gun and she was trying to load it up and she shot it up in the air trying to intimidate me and so I held the door,” Ra said. “We were struggling and she was trying to get in, I was holding the door closed until we were able to lock it up.” Ra said the woman shot at the door and then tried to shoot one of his surveillance cameras.
Shortly after that, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer Dustin Smith arrived on his patrol dirt bike.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Austin then attempted to run the officer over with her vehicle, and he feared for his life, firing his weapon at Austin.
Austin then sped away from the crime scene, and CMPD caught up with her down the road.
Austin suffered several gunshot wounds but has recovered enough to be transferred to MCSO. Austin will have her first court appearance next Tuesday November 2, 2021.