Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say so far this year they’ve seen 305 instances of shots fired into occupied dwellings. So, the department formed a task force two weeks ago to get a handle on the issues and target those who are responsible.
Sgt. Steven Fischbach says the task force – made up of division detectives, gang unit, crime reduction units, the District Attorney’s Office as well as the U.S. Attorney’s Office – will bring “cases together to identify what’s going on and contributing to the problem.”
Police say they’ve made nine arrests and seized seven guns.
The shootings are a citywide problem. The ages of the suspects mostly range from 14 to the early 20s. Investigators say the shooters are using high-powered weapons, often stolen from lawful gun owners, and there are usually two or more shooters in a vehicle firing at houses.
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Detectives point to cases where innocent children were hit.
The shootings into occupied dwellings sometimes start because of minor issues, police say.
“I would say what’s driving a lot of this is problems between individuals that could be as minor as an insult on social media that leads to a physical fight at school that escalates to one shooting and turns into retaliatory shooting,” said Fischbach.
Crime Stoppers is doubling the reward to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest in any of the shootings into occupied dwellings.