'Please help me’: 911 calls released after man allegedly rams car, starts shooting at woman and her children
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Calls from 911 were released days after police say a man followed a woman and her four children to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police station Tuesday afternoon, then rammed her car and shot at the family.
Police say the man was following the woman and her children - all under the age of 11 - in their car following a domestic situation, so she drove to the CMPD Hickory Grove Division office to seek help. The man then crashed into her vehicle and shot at them. The attacker then fled the scene on N. Sharon Amity Road near the Cookout, according to police.
During a 911 call, you can hear what appears to be a car horn blaring multiple times. In the call, the woman says, “Someone please come out from the police department. This man just hit my car and he got a gun. He’s trying to kill me and my kids. Please help me.”
“He follows her in, winds up slamming into her car, and before you know it he’s shooting. Shooting at her, shooting at the children,” said Rob Tufano with CMPD. "Thankfully didn’t hit any of the children, didn’t hit her.”
After driving off, officers say the man crashed his vehicle again, ran away on foot and hid in a nearby dumpster. He was found a short time later and taken into custody.
“We have a car that flipped in front of our business. The person who was driving the car took off and ran behind the building and just left the car,” a caller said during another 911 call.
Police identified Kendrick Piggie, 29, as the suspect in this investigation and have charged him with attempted murder, five counts of assault with a deadly weapon, four counts of assault with a deadly weapon in the presence of a minor, communicating threats, possession of a firearm by a felon and five counts of shooting into an occupied conveyance.
Safe Alliance, a local group that works with survivors of domestic violence, say it is a dangerous time when someone leaves a situation where they were being harmed, or believed they would be harmed soon.
“When someone leaves that relationship, they are taking away that ultimate power and control from the perpetrator,” Safe Alliance’s Cori Goldstein.
In light of Tuesday’s events, the group wants survivors to know there are resources for them, and that they’re not alone.
“We also want the community to know that this is an issue that occurs," Goldstein said. "And that they need to believe, and really want to work and help individuals so they feel they can go to anyone in the community for support.”
You can reach out to Safe Alliance by calling 980-771-HOPE.
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