CMPD reported the year's 22nd homicide last night. Could Charlotte's reduced crime rate be a thing of the past or are the numbers just numbers and nothing has really changed?
The Charlotte Observer reports the following:
By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
A 43-year-old man was shot to death in a northern Charlotte apartment complex Wednesday night, police said. Now, police are trying to find the suspect, and asking the public for tips.
Witnesses told police they heard several gunshots before seeing a man leaving the scene in a silver four-door compact vehicle. He had not been apprehended late Wednesday night.
Police identified the victim as Douglas Bernard Black.
Officers haven't said what they believe led up to the shooting. A police helicopter called out to assist in the search had to turn back because of rain.
Black was sitting in the driver's seat of a car in the parking lot of Tanglewood Apartments, a group of two-story walk-ups near where Interstate 85 meets North Graham Street. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
Officers roped off part of the street with police tape as neighbors came out, before being chased away by the rain.
Police described the apartment complex as sedate.
"(We get) occasional calls for service out here, but it's not a hotbed of activity,” said Capt. Gregg Collins, who oversees the department's North Division.
The shooting was the 22nd killing Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have investigated this year. At this time last year, officers had investigated 35 homicides.
It came less than a week after officers investigated five homicides in six days.
If you listen to Charlotte's career officers, murders happen they come in waves and for the most part no amount of police on the streets will change this sad fact.