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Bullets fly into home where a dozen people were sleeping in Villa Heights

Despite the progress a neighborhood makes, sometimes, it stumbles a few steps back.
Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 8:04 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Police are seeing a dangerous trend in the city, people shooting into homes and cars seemingly indiscriminately with no regard to who may be inside.

Just this past week, more video from a security camera as gunmen open fire into a home, narrowly missing the dozen people inside including children.

“It was pretty rough growing up,” Bill Horn said.

Horn has been living in the same house since he was a kid. He says back in those days the area had a reputation of being part of the mean streets of Charlotte.

“We really had to be on our toes,” Horn said.

But with the explosive growth in the area, the Villa Heights neighborhood has seen a real change. Old ranch homes replaced with new construction. People out and about enjoying the afternoon sun. Despite the progress a neighborhood makes, sometimes, it stumbles a few steps back.

“Just constant gunfire, it sounded like a war zone,” Horn said.

Charlotte police say at about 4:30 in the morning on Friday, shots were fired into a home along Woodside Avenue, just blocks from the popular NoDa arts district. Police say 12 people were in the home at the time ranging in ages from 72 to just months old. In fact, a total of six children under the age of 18 were there.

“You just start shooting randomly, those bullets have no idea what they’re going to hit until they hit it,” Horn said.

The house as well as two cars nearby were peppered with gunfire. The woman at the home didn’t want to talk, but we saw several kids playing out in the front yard.

“I can’t imagine it but like they say you never know what happens around Charlotte anymore.”

Dorothy McManus has lived in the area since the 1990s and says she’s disappointed by what happened.

“It’s a shame that we haven’t progressed as people that we can cope and coincide with each other anymore,” McManus said.

But despite of the shooting, and developers clamoring for his property, Bill Horn says he’s not planning on going anywhere anytime soon.

“I’m gonna stay until the good Lord takes me or I get an offer I can’t refuse,” he said.

Police say so far this yea say there’s been over 500 cases of bullets being fired into cars or homes. That’s an uptick of 27 percent.

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