On Tuesday Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department PIO Captain Julie Barry told reporters that Uptown is "still a safe place", even after a shooting that occurred during the middle of the afternoon on Monday.
74 year old John Holaday, the CEO of DisposeRX, a Sanford, North Carolina, company that sells materials to dissolve unused prescription drugs, was shot and critically injured around 3:55 pm Monday.
Mr. Holaday was walking by the Epicentre when CMPD says a fight broke out. Officers arrested 16-year-old Raheem Shacklette from Decatur,Georgia and (apparently related) Hazeem Shacklette who has a Charlotte address as the suspects in the shooting.
Raheem has been charged with attempted murder and possession of a stolen firearm. Hazeem is charged with Public Afray.
During yesterday's press conference CMPD Captain Julie Barry said "questions" have surfaced regarding the safety of the center city.
Barry said multiple times that uptown is safe.
"This is not about location," Barry said.
"Charlotte is facing the same struggles that any large metropolitan city is facing right now when young people are making these really bad decisions. So it’s not the location it’s just these people who are making bad decisions trying to settle a verbal argument or a small physical argument with gun fire."
Cedar's Take: I guess perception is the reality. In the past 3 months there have been more than 100 crimes against persons in the Uptown area (Center City) inside 277/77 Loop. Most are assaults followed by robberies. Frankly speaking I've got no interest in being mugged or robbed, having my car stolen or broken into. I don't really like carrying a gun, but I won't leave John Wayne in the car and I get tired of wearing a sport coat to dinner and so I just avoid uptown.
Captain Barry says "Charlotte is facing the same struggles as any large metropolitan city". Well that sort of depends.
Chicago has suffered 300 plus murders so far this year. I say plus because there are some bodies they apparently haven't yet found.
But San Diego year to date homicide number is 29, Boston 31, Houston 33, Tampa 19.
Charlotte stands at 81 give or take since at least two are pending classification. To find a crime number close to Charlotte you have to look to Jacksonville, Florida. Jacksonville is at 95 year to date. While Jacksonville has nearly the same population as Charlotte the patrol area of Jacksonville is nearly 3 times that of Charlotte. Truth is Jacksonville has been a shithole like Detroit, Baltimore and St. Louis for years.
So the question is are we going to be complacent when our Police Department says "well all the other kids do it"? So because "other" cities have the same issues with young thugs with stolen guns we should be OK?
Are voters really ok with Vi Lyles silence on Charlotte's rapidly increasing homicide rate? Is Charlotte City Council's soft on crime pandering to the Liberal African American voter the only way they can be reelected?
Crime in Charlotte, not just murders is out of control in part because CMPD is down by 200 Officers, and that number is rumored to hit 300 by year end. Accordingly there is zero traffic law enforcement and lawlessness of any kind is the seeds from which more violent crime grows.
CMPD says as of Thursday morning Holaday remains in critical condition. Prayers for his full recovery. Both Raheem and Hazeem Shacklette remain as guests of Garry McFadden.