Saturday, June 9, 2012

CMPD Detectives Investigating a Series of Shootings

Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are investigating a series of shootings at motor vehicles and one into an occupied dwelling that appear to be related.
  • On Friday June 8, 2012, at approximately 9:30 a.m., a driver was operating his vehicle northbound in the 9600 block of Harrisburg Rd. when the right front corner of the car was struck by a bullet. The driver was not injured during the incident.
  • On Friday, June 8, 2012, at approximately 9:30 a.m., a driver was operating his motorcycle northbound in the 101000 block of Harrisburg Rd. when he heard a gunshot. Later in the day the victim discovered a bullet had damaged the front of his motorcycle.
  • On Friday, June 8, 2012, at approximately 3:00 p.m., the vehicle’s owner discovered his car in the driveway with damage from gunfire. Earlier that day at approximately 10:00 a.m., the victim’s wife heard a bang that sounded like a gunshot. Early indications suggest that the vehicle may not have been the target of gunfire, but may have been damaged from a stray bullet from one of the earlier shootings.
  • On Friday, June 8, 2012, at approximately 12:00 p.m. someone fired a gunshot into Jake’s Deli located at 127721 Albemarle Rd. The bullet entered the front door, striking the back of a chair. A patron did receive a laceration to their arm from the splintered wood of the chair.
  • On Friday, June 8, 2012, at approximately 8:30 p.m. the victim was operating his vehicle inbound on Albermarle Rd. at the intersection of Parkton Rd. when a bullet came through his passenger window. A passenger in the vehicle was cut by broken glass.
  • On Friday, June 8, 2012, at approximately 9:00 p.m., the victim’s vehicle was shot into as she turned into 6208 E. WT Harris Blvd. The victim was not injured during this incident.
Witnesses have described seeing two vehicles involved in these incidents. The description of the first vehicle is a red pickup truck; the second vehicle is described as possibly a grey Chevy Astro Van. The public is urged to call 911 immediately if they have any information concerning these vehicles, their occupants, or any of these incidents.

As a result of these incidents, the CMPD has increased patrols in and around the corridors where the shootings have occurred. Additional officers have been assigned to the division; shifts to officers on duty have been extended. Detectives from special investigations have been mobilized and are assisting with the investigation. Additionally, members with the CMPD Homicide Unit are interviewing witnesses and victims. The CMPD crime lab is staffed and processing evidence collected.

Anyone with information concerning these incidents is asked to call 911 immediately. Additionally, the public may forward anonymous information to our Crime Stoppers tip line at 704-336-1600.