Police step up patrols after string shootings in east Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are increasing patrols in east Charlotte this weekend after a rash of shootings on Friday. They believe all the incidents are connected, and in all but one case, vehicles were struck by bullets.

The latest happened Friday night, when officers say someone shot into a person's vehicle as they were driving near the intersection of Albemarle and Parkton roads in East Charlotte. A passenger was cut by broken glass but everyone else was okay.

A half hour later, a woman's car was hit as she was turning on to East WT Harris Boulevard in the Hickory Grove neighborhood. She was not hurt.

Police are investigating earlier incidents on Harrisburg road, where two cars were hit by a bullets in separate incidents.

Victor Collado says his wife alerted him to the bullet hole that had passed through the driver's side passenger window and exited out the other side of the car. "I saw the window was shot and I said what's going on here," Collado said. "This has tinted glass..you don't know if someone was there."

A motorcycle was hit about a half mile away. The driver, who didn't want to be identified, told WBTV he thought at first a rock had hit the vehicle.

And, around noon, someone fired a shot into Jake's Good Eat's on Albemarle Road. A bullet hit the back of a chair, a wood splinter cutting a customer on the arm.

"A family had just sat down. Their son had just graduated and they were here for a graduation lunch. And fortunately..he had gotten up and it struck the back of his chair..right where he was gonna to be sitting," Owner Jacob Stegall said.

Police say they're searching for two vehicles but the descriptions are somewhat vague-- a red pickup truck and a gray Chevy Astro Van.

Anyone with information can leave an anonymous tip by calling crime stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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