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Police boost patrols in Charlotte area where drive-by shooter hit 2-year-old girl

Police are increasing patrols in an area of northwest Charlotte where two drive-by shootings in two days left a 2-year-old girl hospitalized and several homes riddled with bullets.

No arrests have been made in the cases, and police aren’t saying whether the shootings are related.

The 2-year-old, Mackenzie Baskins, was injured Tuesday night when she was struck by at least one bullet fired into a house on Capps Hollow Drive, in a subdivision off Capps Hill Mine Road, west of Beatties Ford Road.

The child was transported by Medic to Carolinas Medical Center with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, police said.

A bullet also entered a neighbor’s front window, whizzing through a Christmas tree and landing in a wood basket, as startled family members laid on the floor after hearing the gunfire erupt.

“I heard someone scream, ‘They shot my baby!’ ” said a man in another nearby home who had his wife and children head to a windowless bathroom when they heard gunshots outside. He and other neighbors interviewed did not want to be identified because they said they feared for their safety.

The other shooting happened late Sunday about 3 miles away, in the 3700 block of Pimlico Trace Lane off Beatties Ford Road.

A woman told police that she and her husband were in bed when multiple bullets were fired into their two-story home. No one was injured, including their 16- and 20-year-old sons, police said.

The home sustained $10,000 in damage, according to a police report. Two cars sustained a total of about $7,000 in damage from bullets being fired into them, according to the report.

“The department is working around the clock on these cases,” CMPD Officer Jessica Wallin said. “We have an increased uniformed and plainclothes presence in the areas and are leveraging all appropriate department resources.”

Police ask that anyone with any information concerning the shootings call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 to report anonymously.

Neighbors along Capps Hollow Drive said shootings are rare if not unheard of in their subdivision of single-story homes. Police said four adults also were inside the home where Mackenzie was shot – an 18-year-old woman, a 20-year-old man, a 42-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman. None of the adults was injured, police said.

The neighbor in whose home a bullet entered said she was at work Tuesday night, but her two children, her mother and her aunt were inside. “It all happened so fast,” she said her family told her. “They just heard gunshots and got on the floor.”

Four larcenies, two robberies and one assault each with a knife and a gun have been reported as of Dec. 2 this year in the Capps Hollow area, compared with none in 2013, CMPD crime statistics show. Four “non-aggravated” assaults have been reported this year, compared with one last year.

Two home burglaries and four larcenies from cars were reported in 2013, compared with none so far this year.

“We’ve heard gunfire before, but it’s always been outside of this area,” the man who had his wife and children scurry to a bathroom said. He also said he never heard a car “peel off” after he heard the gunfire.

“This has been a quiet neighborhood, peaceful,” the man, 27, said. He’s lived there most of his life, he said, and asked not to be identified, as no arrests have been made.

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