CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) — Last Friday’s shooting of Ruijuan Guo has many south end residents wondering why it happened in their neighborhood.
“As far as crime goes, being this close to town it’s never been a problem, so stories like these really pop and get people concerned cause it’s a safe area,” Peggy Sirk said.
CMPD tried to reassure people who live in the area saying the shooting wasn’t a random act of violence but what they referred to as a botched robbery.
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So far this year, Charlotte’s South End has only had two violent crimes, compared to last year where the area had five. The most common crime? Break-ins and thefts.
“I’ve been in south since 1998, so I’ve seen a lot of crime that has declined over the year. So we don’t want this to put a black eye on what we’ve done and our effort in the past,” CMPD Central Division Coordinator Shawn Franklin.
Owner of Seoul Food and Company Timothy Chun, whose store was robbed, voiced his concerns about an increase in those crimes.
“What I also want from police is more presence during the night time when the criminals do want to come out,” Timothy Chun said.
“We have added patrols, I myself have been walking the neighborhood by the request of the residents,” Officer Franklin said.
Overall residents are glad to have this one on one with police.
“It’s good to hear about the details they could provide of Friday what they are doing to prevent things and that they aren’t that many violent crimes in charlotte which is great,” Zach Schwartz said.
CMPD wouldn’t say much about the investigation during the meeting but they say they are confident that the information they do have, will lead to an arrest soon.