Police using new tactics to curb gun violence

Published: Sep. 6, 2013 at 9:45 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 6, 2013 at 9:45 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - CMPD announcing this weekend that extra resources will be deployed to deal with a spike in the numbers as it relates to violent shootings and homicides.

Mothers Of Murdered Offspring President Judy Williams has a stellar track record for honoring those who have died from gun violence.

However, at the end of Thursday night's vigil she was running for cover.

"We have never done a candlelight service, where we have had those fears," Williams said."We've had services where people have threatened, but no one has done that. This is the first time in over 20 years that this has ever happened."

Four people were wounded, and police say they're still looking for suspects.

Department brass are telling us that a new effort is underway that will focus on gun violence across the city.

CMPD Deputy Chief Kerr Putney shared the details on Friday afternoon.

He said, "we're even redeploying our K-9 units. Our helicopter usage will be specific to strategic areas. The biggest thing for us is the flow of information internally and externally.

The vigil that was held on Pinckney Avenue was designed to pay tribute to the memory of Javon Booker.

He was killed last weekend by a store clerk on Tom Hunter Road, after what police called a botched robbery.

Despite the violence, MOMO volunteers say they will not be deterred.

Nathaniel Hillard plans to remain vigilant.

"We've got two today, and we're going out there tonight and do it again.We ain't stop for what. Ain't gonna run me nowhere. I can't run no way," Hilliard said.

As a result of Thursday Night's shootings, the department plans to have uniformed patrolmen and undercover officers at future momo events.