5 injured, including child in west Charlotte shooting
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is investigating a shooting that left five injured Monday afternoon.
Police say calls were received about a shooting in the areas of Beatties Ford Road, Gilbert Street, Newland Road and Holly Street around 1:26 p.m.
When officers arrived, it was determined that a shooting took place in the 2000 block of Holly Street. An adult and a child were found suffering from non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. The child’s wound was a superficial graze wound to the shoulder.
An additional adult and juvenile nearby were then found suffering from non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. All four victims were transported to the hospital. While on the scene, a fifth victim had arrived at an area hospital to be treated for gunshot wounds from the same incident.
“There’s several juveniles that were involved. The age won’t be released of the child. Fortunately, and thankfully, the child is going to be in a non-life-threatening status and has been treated and is going to be released from the hospital,” said Captain Lucas Veith with the CMPD.
Preliminary information shows that this was not a random act of violence and that the victims and suspects were known to each other. It is unclear exactly what led to the violent dispute.
“Obviously, the detectives are still working through that talking to anybody and everybody that they can find – any witnesses, any neighbors. At this moment it appears that subjects known to each other got into some sort of altercation that led to a shooting, multiple shots fired,” said Veith.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.
Gemini Boyd, a community activist from Charlotte, got word of the shooting shortly after it happened. For years, he has tried to better the west Charlotte community through his nonprofit Project Bolt. One of the cornerstones of the organization is violence prevention.
“We look at the pockets of violence and where it’s happening at and as you look at the pockets of violence, you start understanding like, what are we pouring into those communities? How are we helping them?” questioned Boyd.
“We’ve been involved in a lot of different community events, a lot of tragedies, a lot of shootings,” said Boyd.
The activist said he thinks the city of Charlotte and some of its leaders could be doing more to support local organizations that are working to truly stop community violence.
“How are we helping change the mindset so they won’t commit these crimes against one another? How are we getting with the organizations that are already in the community? How are we coming about trying to find ways that we can partner to help them?” questioned Boyd.
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