Police return to neighborhood where 7-year-old, woman killed

Police return to neighborhood where 7-year-old, woman killed

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - As another week continues without any arrests in five homicides since Labor Day weekend, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police demonstrated a large presence back out in the neighborhood where a 7-year-old boy and a woman on her porch were gunned down.

They spoke about where the investigation stands with a "Crimestoppers" police car behind them to emphasize the need for tips to help solve these cases.

Five people were murdered during a two-day stretch over the holiday weekend, several other people are recovering from gunshot wounds.

Police said all those crimes are connected to people in groups with gang-like behavior.

So far, there have been 15 anonymous Crimestoppers tips, more than 90 arrests, and 56 guns seized. The arrests are for other crimes, like robberies and weapons charges, not related to the homicides.

Captain Cecil Brisbon said part of their investigative follow-up is to determine whether any of those people could also be linked to the homicides.

Brisbon emphasized that CMPD has not referred to anyone in their investigation as gang members.

Deputy Chief Doug Gallant said the investigations are a priority at every level of the department.

"This is unacceptable to us," he said."I think sometimes people need some time to really think about it, let their conscience get to them about what happened," he said.

Extra patrols are being continued in the neighborhoods affected. Brisbon said no tip is too small. He said he understands it's hard for some people to come forward, but he said they are thankful for those who have tried to help.

Several neighbors told WBTV they would come forward if they knew anything. Many said they heard the gunfire, but saw nothing. One neighbor said a potential witness had already faced intimidation and it was scary.

Crimestoppers is always anonymous (704-334-1600). Callers are given a code number and use that number to claim any reward money. Police never call the tipster or find out that person's name. The tipster can never be called to court to testify.

Tipsters can also send their information via encrypted email or text. Tips can be texted to CRIMES (use TIP372 at the start of the message), or send an email through www.cmpd.org

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