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Police arrest man in vigil shooting, add security to future vigils

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Louie Raymond Forney (Mecklenburg County Jail) Louie Raymond Forney (Mecklenburg County Jail)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

A 22 year-old Charlotte man is under arrest in connection to a shooting at a candlelight vigil last week.

Louie Raymond Forney, turned himself in to police on Tuesday, said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Police swarmed two neighborhoods last Thursday night after four people were shot on Pinckney Avenue during a vigil being held by Mother's of Murdered Offspring (MOMO).

Police say Forney fired into a crowd of people. All four were taken to area hospitals but survived.

Judy Williams, founder of the Charlotte chapter of MOMO said they won't stop having vigils.

"We're on a mission to make a difference so we can't be scared," she said. "If we get scared and we stop, they win."

And she isn't about to let the bad guys win.

"No we're not going to stop," vowed Williams. "We're going to continue doing this until I'm not breathing anymore. We're hoping to help those people that are even doing this. To help them understand why they shouldn't be doing it. Because it does put families in pain. It does cause our city to be in turmoil."

A turmoil that dominated headlines last week -- nearly a dozen shootings in a week's time. Williams said they held eight vigils in just four days, a first in their 20 year history.

"We're gonna keep it moving," she said. "Because we want to see our city as a place where people can raise their children, where people will want to come and live."

And MOMO won't be doing this alone -- CMPD says it has their back, too.

WBTV has learned police will be present at every vigil going forward to ensure what happened last Thursday doesn't happen again. 

It's a decision Williams is grateful for -- especially for grieving families.

"The fact that the police want to be there to ensure the safety of the people that choose to come is a blessing to us," she pointed out.  

Forney is charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, possession of a firearm by a felon, assault with a deadly weapon, armed to the terror of the public and discharging a firearm in the city.

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