'I don’t go out in the dark,’ West Charlotte neighborhood concerned about possible gunfire nearby

Published: May. 17, 2019 at 7:24 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Neighbors in one West Charlotte neighborhood have raised concerns about what they say is gunfire close to where they live.

The possible gunfire is being reported in the Bryant Park neighborhood near Major Samuals Way. Residents sent WBTV a half-dozen videos where you can hear what sounds like gunfire.

“It scares the ‘you know what’ out of me,” said Jennifer Clark, who lives in Bryant Park. “When I first moved here it went from a couple of times a week, to weekly, now it’s’ every other week.”

Neighbors say that gunfire is coming from an area along Columbus Circle which is across the street from Berryhill Road.

In the past 6 months, CMPD has responded to 10 calls for ‘shots fire’ along Columbus Circle. Those are just the ones that have been reported.

“It is kind of frightening when you are sitting in your bed at night and all the sudden, you hear the constant, ‘Bang! Bang! Bang!,’ you don’t know if it’s coming through your window or hitting your house," said resident Blake Couick. “Why are they shooting? You just start asking yourself questions."

In one video taken this year, you can see a car pull up in the neighborhood and fire a gun at a home along Columbus Circle.

“You don’t feel safe walking around and you hear gunshots. I don’t go out in the dark or anything like that,” said Alex Barr. Barr first contacted WBTV about the concern she had and shared the videos. “We are honestly thinking of leaving at the end of our lease because it is just not a good feeling.”

WBTV reached out to CMPD with several questions about any possibly investigations but as of Friday afternoon, had not received a response.

However, neighbors do say they see police patrolling the area.

“Last month, one cop sat here in the road for like 3 hours so that makes you feel better,” said Barr.

Some of the neighbors say it is part of the cost of living in a transitional neighborhood that is undergoing extreme development.

“They are not running me anywhere, I am staying here,” said Couick. “We basically dropped a huge neighborhood into their neighborhood. We are not trying to push anyone out.”

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