Crime & Courts

A weekend of violence leaves 5 dead in Charlotte

Two groups have called for a community prayer vigil Wednesday and moments of silence at noon Tuesday and Wednesday. Million Youth March of Charlotte and Mothers of Murdered Offspring will hold a prayer vigil at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Marshall Park, 800 E. 3rd St. Other community organizations are expected to join in.

Shootings reported since Saturday morning:

▪ 4:44 a.m. Saturday: A man with a gunshot wound is left at Novant Health Presbyterian Hospital. The victim, James Taylor, 23, was later reported dead. When police located the crime scene, in the 1800 block of North Hoskins Road, a second man, Dominique Wheeler, 25, was found dead of a gunshot wound.

▪ Saturday evening: A children’s birthday party on Fieldvale Drive is targeted with gunfire. Kevin Antonio Calderon Rodas, 7, died. Two adults and a school-age child were injured and treated at the scene.

▪ Late Saturday: Police investigating on Fieldvale Drive hear shots and respond to a home on nearby Echodale Drive. One man living in the house was injured and a woman, Laquanta Franchez Young, 30, was killed. Neighbors reported it as a drive-by shooting.

▪ Sunday morning: A shooting is reported in the 1100 block of Glennfiddich Drive and one man is killed. Police identified the victim Monday as Elias Izagirre Perez, 31.

▪ Sunday night: Police respond to a shooting reported on Effingham Road, off Tuckaseegee Road in northwest Charlotte. A man in his 50s was shot, but his injuries weren’t life-threatening.

▪ Monday night: A man was injured in a shooting on Huntsmoor Drive, WBTV reported.