Deadly Start To The New Year In Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Less than three hours into the New Year, the city’s first homicide of 2019 happened at a home on Highlander Court in North Charlotte.

Investigators say someone shot and killed 53-year-old Carnis Poindexter.

Poindexter and three others were arrested last June, accused of kidnapping a man and holding him hostage in that same home for three days.

The next deadly shooting came around 4:30 a.m. on Parkway Avenue in West Charlotte.

Police say 37-year-old Nathan Roberts was sitting in a car when he was shot several times.

He died at the hospital.

“It’s heartbreaking. I mean, it could almost make me teary that already we’ve lost two human beings in just 24 hours,” says Lisa Crawford, with Mothers of Murdered Offspring.

MOMO held a vigil Tuesday afternoon for all the people killed in Mecklenburg County last They rang a bell and read each victim’s name.

Murders were down sharply last year. 56 people were killed in 2018. That’s down from 85 in 2017 and 67 in 2016.

“We don’t want one person to be murdered, we don’t want one life to be taken, ever, for any reason,” Crawford says.

But even before the new year started, it was a deadly final weekend of 2018.

“All of a sudden, I started hearing gunshots, it was about five or six gunshots,” says witness Dillon Hammond.

A drive-by shooting left 46-year-old John Songer dead late Saturday night at Smokey Joe’s Cafe on Briar Creek Road in East Charlotte.

“I saw someone fell and apparently a car drove by,” Hammond says.

And late Sunday night, one person was killed on Gwynne Hill Road in East Charlotte.

That victim has since been identified as 24-year-old Randy Tarlton.