Dog shot during series of shootings into southwest Charlotte homes, cars

A string of seemingly random shootings into homes and cars in southwest Charlotte is believed to be related, according to the Observer’s news partner WBTV.

In one of the incidents, a dog was shot and the home it was occupying set on fire, WBTV reported. The fire was quickly extinguished and the dog is expected to survive, officials told WBTV.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say the crime spree started around 6 a.m. Monday, when they responded to a shooting at a home in the 7600 block of Silver Arrow Drive, just off of Arrowood Road, according to WBTV. Police say several people shot into a house, which was unoccupied at the time.

Four to five armed people broke into the same home on Silver Arrow Drive around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, shot the person’s dog and lit the house on fire, WBT reported.

Minutes earlier, around 12:28 a.m., several people shot into an unoccupied vehicle in the 500 block of Arrowhawk Drive, just off of Arrowood Road, police said.

CMPD says they believe all three incidents are related, and they believe all people involved knew each other. The acts are not random, WBTV reported.