Growing Concern Over the Number of Children Shot in Charlotte This Year

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – There’s growing concern over the number of children being shot in Charlotte.

CMPD says there have been 49 shooting victims, under 18-years-old, so far this year.

“It makes my heart break. Absolutely break,” says Genicia Hairston, with Mothers of Murdered Offspring.

There were 34 in all of 2019; 39 in 2018; and 27 in 2017.

Police say those numbers include accidental, negligent, and self-inflicted wounds.

“What has our city come to? Children. That high of a number, that’s almost, that’s two classrooms worth of children,” Hairston says.

She says the pandemic could be partially to blame.

“I think that a lot of people (that) have a lot more time on their hands, yes, there are people who are displaced out of work, there are are a lot of people who are frustrated, the bills are still coming in,” she says.

Police say a neighbor’s tip led to an arrest in the latest shooting.

Two boys, 11 and five years old, got shot playing on a balcony on Amity Point Road on Monday.

Police say the 11-year-old was shot in the head, and has serious injuries, but is now expected to survive.

A bullet grazed the 5-year-old.

“A citizen did come up to our officers and detectives. Gave them a small piece of information about a vehicle and some subjects that he saw around that vehicle,” explains Lt. Alan Greene, with CMPD.

Greene says investigators were able to match it to a car involved in another case.

“That small piece of information we were supplied on Monday night helped us put this puzzle together,” he says.