Crime & Courts

UNCC students living in fear at off-campus apartment complex

Residents at the University House complex near UNCC are on edge after more gunfire rang out in their building over the weekend.
Residents at the University House complex near UNCC are on edge after more gunfire rang out in their building over the weekend.

Residents at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte are on edge after more gunfire rang out in their building over the weekend.

No one was injured, but bullet holes can be seen throughout one of University House’s hallways. Monday, students showed WBTV bullet holes in the wall at the apartments.

The complex is off campus, but a lot of students live there.

Crumpled yellow crime tape isn’t one of the amenities residents signed up for when they moved into University House, and the same could be said for the remnants of gunfire right in the hallway.

Zoey Mitchell was away from her unit when the shots broke out there early Sunday.

“There was bullet holes in my wall. It’s crazy,” she said.

One parent told WBTV she was concerned, not only because of the violence this past weekend, but also because another shooting happened at the complex just weeks ago.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said the department would increase patrols, but that doesn’t go far enough in assuring UNCC students.

Marvin Maldonado is a University House resident who plans to move.

“Honestly, when my lease is up, I’m gonna find something else,” he said. “The rent is a bit on the high side, and I expect to be safe where I live.”

WBTV obtained an email the complex sent to residents. It states in part that security improvements are coming “Thursday through Saturday at peak times by positioning a security guard at all entry points.”

The email also said: “Only residents with the proper identification and wrist bands will be provided with access to the community.”

Residents did invite our cameras in, but we were told to leave by security.

One resident said she’s seen too much violence near the campus.

“I don’t feel safe here,” Ashley Wilson said. “I saw the first one, and it doesn’t surprise that there’s been another one.”

A CMPD report said police found nine spent cases and two live cartridges that came from one gun connected to the shooting there this past weekend.

No one has been taken into custody in connection with the incident.

WBTV is a media partner of the Observer.

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