Suddenly Charlotte is in the middle of a "long hot summer" as the sound of gunfire again fills the night air in East Charlotte. Another homicide, the fifth murder in a week having occurred just minutes into Sunday.
According to CMPD, Officers responded to several 911 calls reporting shots fired at 6008 Timbertop Lane just off Harrisburg Road. Responding Officers found three men suffering from gunshot wounds. Medic responders declared one victim Kevin Washingston age 18 dead at the scene and transported the others Garrett Hall and Tevin Horton both also 18, to CMC. Horton was treated for a gunshot wound to the arm and was released. Garrett who was reportley shot in the leg is still at CMC.
CMPD reports that a large party was underway when two groups of people began fighting. CMPD has not released the name of the deceased.
After 3 years of reporting ever declining crime stats CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe's world of numbers and compstat reports is crumbing just weeks before the DNC puts Charlotte on the national stage.
Through June 30, 2012 CMPD had reported 25 homicides a 40% increase over last year, the shooting now being reported puts that increase closer to 50%
Chief Monroe's goal of "Preventing The Next Crime" seems pointless when the department can hardly keep up with the body count. Charlotte has endured other long hot summers in years past. Back in the 90's several weeks saw an average of one murder a night.
The truth is there is little Chief Monroe can do to prevent the next murder, just as nothing he has done during the past three years prevented homicides despite his claim to the contrary.
Cedar's Take: But perception is the reality, and suddenly Charlotte finds a "long hot summer" of nightly shootings is not a good lead-in to a national convention with an incumbent president. Chief Monroe would do well to prepare to defend his command of CMPD as the national media turns up the heat.
You can expect Charlotte's growing pains to be part of the national story.Will the recent shooting of a black suspect by CMPD figure into the summer perception? Will the national media pick up on a department that is suffering from fatigue and stress? Or will the national media buy into Chief Monroe's mantra of Preventing The Next Crime? Stay turned.