Crime & Courts

2 dead, 7 injured in outbreak of gun violence on Mother's Day weekend in Charlotte

Scene of the homicide investigation in the 6800 block of Elm Forest Drive. It's unclear if the victim was shot or run over by a car.
Scene of the homicide investigation in the 6800 block of Elm Forest Drive. It's unclear if the victim was shot or run over by a car. WBTV

Charlotte saw an outbreak of gun violence over the weekend, with four separate incidents that left two dead and seven injured.

The shootings happened at homes, in traffic, and at a catering business that had been rented out for a Mother's Day weekend party.

Both of those killed were men: Gavino Miguel Romero, 19, and Nicholas Antoine Boger, 36.

Two of those shot have life-threatening injuries, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

The weekend of violence was similar to what Charlotte experienced on Memorial Day 2017, when four people were killed in the city. Police attributed the deaths that weekend to drug-related violence, a robbery and an argument between acquaintances, radio station WFAE reported.

Theories have not yet been formed about what led to this weekend's incidents, but guns were involved in each case, police said.

The first shooting happened shortly after noon on Saturday. Police were called to the 4600 block of Perth Court and found two men with gunshot wounds. One of them, Romero, died at the scene.

Officers believe someone fired a gun into their car, causing the driver to lose control, police said.

Suspects in the shooting were arrested after a SWAT stand-off at home on Lanecrest Drive, reported the Observer's news partner, WBTV. Their identities had not been released Sunday afternoon.

In the second incident, police found Boger dead at 10:21 p.m. Saturday in the 6800 block of Elm Forest Drive, off Independence Boulevard. Callers to 911 said they heard shooting before the body was found, police said.

"One 911 caller advised a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle, while another advised that a subject was underneath the car and that shots had been fired," said a police statement. "Officers located an adult male under the vehicle who was pronounced deceased. ... There is evidence on the scene to indicate that shots may have been fired."

Investigators have not said if Boger died of a gunshot or was hit by a car.

The third shooting occurred just before 2 a.m. Sunday at a party in east Charlotte, police said. Officers arrived at 1764 Norland Road to find three people injured by gunfire: one woman and two men. One of the men had life-threatening injuries, police said.

The site is listed as SMS Catering Service, and police said the building had been rented to a promoter who was hosting a party there. The shootings occurred outside the building as people were leaving, police said in a press release. All three victims were taken to hospitals.

Investigators have not said what prompted the shooting.

In the fourth incident, police reported two men and a woman were shot at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the 1900 block of Irma Street, near Charlotte's Lincoln Heights community. All three were taken to a hospital, including one with life threatening injuries, officials said.

The other two had minor injuries, said Medic.

Mark Price: 704-358-5245, @markprice_obs