Crime

Recent shootings spook neighbors in east Mecklenburg

Police are are asking the public to help them identify the owners of this car, which investigators believe was involved in a drive-by shooting that injured an east Mecklenburg woman.
Police are are asking the public to help them identify the owners of this car, which investigators believe was involved in a drive-by shooting that injured an east Mecklenburg woman. CHARLOTTE-MECKLENBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT

Neighbors in east Mecklenburg say they are frustrated by a recent spate of violence that seems centered around a home where a woman was shot and injured during a drive-by on Saturday morning.

Police have not identified the woman, who was shot in the foot while sitting on her porch on Timbertop Lane in the Bristol Farms subdivision. Her injuries were not life-threatening. Investigators have circulated a photo of a car they believed was used in the shooting.

No one answered the door at the home on Sunday morning.

Deborah Carson, who lives nearby, said she received a frightened phone call from a neighbor about 10:20 a.m. Saturday. The neighbor had heard gunshots and asked if Carson had heard them, too.

When Carson went out, she heard the injured woman “bellowing,” she said.

Carson, who has owned her home in the subdivision for 13 years, said she’s happy the woman will recover but is “looking at new houses every day.”

A shooting in December left bullet holes in the house where Saturday’s victim was shot – and in cars and garage doors nearby, Carson said.

The killing of 18-year-old Kevin Washington in the neighborhood three years ago also spooked neighbors. Police say he was shot after a party involving a large group of teens got out of hand. Two other people were shot during an altercation, but only Washington, who had graduated from high school shortly before, was killed.

Carson was home during the December shooting. She said she grabbed her dog and dropped to the floor until she heard the sound of police sirens.

“I am absolutely not happy,” Carson said. “I’m not going to live somewhere where I have to jump on the floor whenever fireworks go off. I’m on the floor 20 minutes with my poodle, and I’m thinking, ‘what am I able to do to get out of this? Can I get this house on rental? Can I get enough money for a down payment for another house?’”

Carson said another neighbor had a camera installed overlooking the street because of the violence. Police are trying to use footage from that camera to identify a car involved in Saturday’s shooting.

Neighbor Isaac McReynolds told WSOC-TV that he’s worried anytime a gun is fired at random in his neighborhood.

“We have plenty of little kids around here,” McReynolds told the station. “Who’s to say a kid may not have been riding a bike around here and get hit by a stray bullet?”

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