The usual MO; a trio of "brothers" got disrespected and decided to shoot up an SUV and a $70,000 Mercedes Benz Sprinter Van, and the entrance to the Hyatt Hotel.
It didn't take long before the 3 stooges were arrested, one after a short foot chase that ended just the other side of Tryon Street.
CMPD is as usual downplaying the seriousness of the shooting, reminding everyone that this is after all CIAA weekend and the shooters as we as the reported victims where in Charlotte for the event.
Cedar's Take: The CIAA brings Black America's culture of violence to Charlotte every year and every year there are shootings and arrests. I don't maybe they have drive by shootings every year at the NCAA Final Four?
Frankly "the CIAA is so black" and since most everyone is from somewhere else and either doped up or liquored up or both this is bound to happen.
But isn't time we send this mess packing?
institutions and tournament attendees- whether they are visitors or residents of Charlotte, which the CIAA calls home. We're discouraged to hear of the shooting that took place on Sunday morning, especially following six days of tournament events filled with community engagement, great basketball, and family reunion styled activities attended by tens of thousands of people without incident.
We're still awaiting all of the facts and will be working with the City, the CRVA, CMPD and our partners to fully investigate the incident. Together, we are committed to taking action to identify ways to prevent violent behavior. While there were hundreds of events that went incident-free over the course of the week, any act of violence is completely unacceptable to us.
We are exploring ways to create meaningful change in tightening up the parameters of unsanctioned events to ensure the safety of all participants and attendees. We also intend to keep working with CMPD through its "Extraordinary Event" authority to determine new ways we can enhance security.
There's a definite sense of urgency here. We're already developing a committee with CMPD, the City, CIAA and the CRVA to begin brainstorming next steps for significant change and to heighten the safety of CIAA attendees and the community in which we live with our families as well. We are eager to participate in these conversations and making the necessary changes happen. Together we are committed to making the entire event experience as safe as possible year-after-year."
We share an 11-year legacy with the city of Charlotte, and see ourselves together in this.
We also want to commend CMPD for its work throughout the tournament and for apprehending the alleged criminals within minutes of the incident.