CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -Police officers in Charlotte, North Carolina, are being called back in from days off and vacations after five people were killed and five others hurt in shootings over the weekend.
Police in North Carolina say a young child has been fatally shot and three others have been injured following a shooting at a residence in southwest Charlotte.
Deputy Chief Jeff Estes of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said during a news conference that the shooting happened just after 9 p.m. Saturday while a family celebration was ongoing in the front yard.
The unidentified boy died at a hospital. Two adults and another child suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were treated at the scene.
Estes said: “We have a lot of soul searching to do when as a city, and as a country, a (child) isn’t safe playing in her front yard.”
No motive has been determined.
Police are investigating and asking anyone with information to call Crimestoppers at 704-334-1600.
From Charlotte Police Department:
Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Homicide/ADW Unit are conducting a homicide investigation in the 500 block of Echodale Drive in the Steele Creek Division. The call for service was initiated at 12:13 a.m. on Sunday, September 06, 2015.
Steele Creek Division Officers and Homicide/ADW Unit Detectives were on scene conducting their investigations into the homicide in the 6800 block of Fieldvale Place when multiple shots were fired nearby in the 500 block of Echodale Drive. Officers responded to the area and located two adult victims suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Both victims were transported by Medic to Carolinas Medical Center where the female victim was pronounced deceased. Her name will be released upon family notification. The male victim sustained non-life threatening injuries.
Detectives are currently canvassing the area to determine whether there were any additional witnesses to this incident. Crime Scene Search responded to the call for service to process the scene and collect physical evidence. The CMPD K-9, Aviation and Gang Units also responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.
This is an ongoing, active investigation. As new information develops it will be released by CMPD Public Affairs.