Suspect in daycare threat, park ranger shooting identified

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is working with the Charlotte FBI field office.
Tyson Lee Corpening
Tyson Lee Corpening(Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Dec. 5, 2022 at 12:15 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 6, 2022 at 5:15 AM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A rock thrown through a north Charlotte daycare window and the shooting of a park ranger in Mecklenburg County are tied together, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police announced Monday.

CMPD’s SWAT team and the FBI made an arrest that night. They charged Tyson Lee Corpening, 36, with:

  • Attempted murder
  • Assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury
  • 2 counts of ethnic intimidation
  • Damage to property
  • Possession of a firearm by convicted felon
  • Threat of mass violence on educational property

Officers received a 911 call around 8:40 a.m. Monday about a rock containing hate speech and a threat to “kill children in the next 24 hours” being thrown through the window of Marizetta Kerry Child Development Center off Beatties Ford Road.

Officers received a 911 call around 8:40 a.m. Monday about a rock containing hate speech and threats toward children being thrown through the window

There were no signs early Tuesday morning indicating whether the daycare is open or closed. Overnight, a WBTV crew saw two CMPD cars sitting outside the facility.

CMPD also said they believe the case is related to the shooting of a Mecklenburg County Park Ranger at Friendship Sportsplex on Nov. 27, which is less than a mile away from the daycare.

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Police would not say why they believed these crimes are related other than their locations.

“Obviously the proximity is part of it but just the totality of the circumstances and the evidence obtained, we do believe they’re related,” CMPD Maj. Melanie Peacock said.

As far as the note on the rock is concerned, it’s not known what it said; police only told WBTV their investigation continues.

The department is working with the Charlotte FBI field office. CMPD officials said they would be releasing more information on this case Tuesday morning.

Anyone with information should call Charlotte Crime Stoppers immediately at 704-334-1600.