CMPD Asking Public for Help to Solve Shootings

CHARLOTTE — “They need to be caught so people can get back comfortable like they were before all this happened,” said Neighbor Gilbert Nelson.

Gilbert Nelson has lived in the Springfield neighborhood for decades, and says he’s still uneasy since 5 people were killed. One of the victims was a 7-year-old boy across the street from his home, and a woman sitting on her porch Labor Day weekend. So he’s glad police are reaching out for help to catch the suspects.

“We need all of your help, we need every little bit of information you have,” said CMPD Capt. Cecil Brisbon.

Police say they’ve cracked down on violent criminals and made progress in the past week.

“Since Labor Day weekend, we’ve arrested 95 of these violent offenders in our community.  These are people charged with everything from armed robbery to assaulting other members of the community with guns,” said Deputy Chief Doug Gallant.

Police say they’ve confiscated 56 of those guns, ranging from semi-automatic pistols to a machine gun.

“We’re looking at every single case, every single offender, every single gun to get any information to give us leads into any of these cases,” said Chief Gallant.

Police say the violence is gang-like, and no one has come forward to confess or give the information they need, but they are still hopeful someone will.

“Some people require a little longer for things to marinate in their conscience before they come forward, so I’m thankful we’ve had those 15 tips.  I’m also hopeful we’ll have a few more,” said Capt. Brisbon.

Crimestoppers is offering a $10,000 reward.  ATF is also offering $5,000 for information leading to arrests in the shootings.