Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Check out photos from last night’s Charlotte screening of Fox’s new police drama, “Shots Fired” starring Sanaa Lathan and Stephan James. The show was created by Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood and airs prior to the “Empire” season finale on March 22 at 8 p.m. EST.

“Shots Fired”  is a 10-part event mystery that examines the dangerous aftermath of two racially charged shootings by law enforcement in a small southern town. The show also features Helen Hunt, Aisha Hinds and Richard Dreyfuss.

The advanced screening took place at the Studio Movie Grill and was attended by the show’s other stars Mack Wilds and DeWanda Wise. It was also attended by singers Anthony Hamilton and Sunshine Anderson, who both appear on the series’ soundtrack.

Other attendees included Dutchess (VH1’s “Black Ink Crew”), guitarist Darnell Taylor, author Omar Tyree, civil rights activist Bro. John C. BarnettChewy (92.7FM The Block), Miss Jessica (Power 98), Beasie Baybie (Hot 103.9), DJ Skillz, Coretta Livingston (Radio One Charlotte), model Lee Barney and numerous “Shots Fired” extras and crew members.

Radio personality and NBA Charlotte Hornets arena announcer Derrick “Fly Ty” Jacobs gave a high-energy welcome to the audience followed by remarks from FOX 46 anchor Brien Blakely.  After the screening, Fly Ty moderated a Q&A with Wilds and Wise, who both thanked Charlotte for being such a welcoming, loving community during filming.

See more photos + the trailer below:

Mack Wilds + Dutchess 

Darnell Taylor, Sunshine Anderson, DeWanda Wise and Anthony Hamilton

Mack Wilds + DJ Skillz 

DeWanda Wise during Q&A Session

Photo Credits: Kevin Douglas