Police continue to search for the suspect who shot into a northwest Charlotte home, injuring a grandfather and sending him and his grandson to the hospital.
Luckily, the child was not hurt and the man is expected to be OK. But as the community in northwest Charlotte continues to evolve, it’s this type of crime residents said they want to keep out.
Multiple gunshots were heard just after 6 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 on Katonah Avenue.
“I woke up to about six gunshots that were really loud, so I knew it was in close proximity of my home,” a local neighbor told FOX 46 Charlotte.
CMPD said a grandfather and his 2-year-old grandson were in their house at the time of the shooting. The child was uninjured, but the man was shot in the arm. Both were sent to the hospital.
“He doesn’t mess with anyone. He doesn’t have any activities going on in his house. He’s just a neighbor that minds his business. It makes no sense,” a neighbor explained.
J’Tanya Adams, a community leader in this part of town, doesn’t want Tuesday morning’s shooting to cast a bad light on the community, especially as property rates continue to soar.
“I just see it as human behavior that isn’t positive, and it can happen in any sector of the city and has been happening in any and every sector of the city, so this is not a west-side thing. This is a human beings behaving poorly thing. Property lots are probably 100 or better, tear downs are probably 150 and a new home is like 400 to 450,” Adams said.
Terrie Cornwell agrees, saying she hopes things in her area stay crime free.
“We say it’s changing as different races and becoming a melting pot of a bunch of different people coming together, but when incidents like this keep coming up I just pray that it gets better. It makes no sense. Innocent people being shot over who knows what? Over petty things. It’s a shame, it’s really a shame,” she said.
No arrests have been made at this time.
If you have any information, you’re asked to call police or Crime Stoppers.