2 Killed In Weekend Shootings In Charlotte
Updated 1:15 p.m. Monday
Police say two people were shot to death this weekend in Charlotte.
The first shooting happened about 12:30 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of North Crigler Street and Rozzelles Ferry Road, just west of the Brookshire Boulevard-Interstate 85 interchange. When Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrived, they said, they found evidence of a shooting but no victims.
It turned out that two people had been shot and had already been driven to nearby hospitals by private vehicles. One of the victims, 25-year-old Demarcus Rashawn Mack, died Sunday. The second shooting victim had injuries police described as not life-threatening.
No arrests have been made in the case.
The second shooting was reported about 11:30 a.m. Sunday at an apartment complex in the 3500 block of Burner Drive, just west of Central Avenue and North Sharon Amity Road. Police found two gunshot victims at the scene, and both were taken by paramedics to a hospital.
One of the victims, 47-year-old Reyno Leocadio Melgar, was later pronounced dead. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say the other victim has serious injuries.
Police say they aren't looking for suspects in that case but haven't made any arrests.
The fatal shootings are the 13th and 14th homicides reported in Charlotte this year, and they came on the heels of another homicide just Friday. In that case, a 31-year-old man, Nathaniel Raul Newberry, was shot and killed in front of a home in north Charlotte. An arrest has been made in that case.
Last year, there were 107 homicides reported in the city and an overall 11.5% increase in violent crime. CMPD identified four "hot spots" of violent crime in the city — including the Central-Sharon Amity intersection near where Sunday's fatal shooting took place.
The "hot spot" is a few blocks away from the old Eastland Mall site, which is expected to be developed into a facility for Charlotte's new MLS team, apartments, offices and shops.
CMPD is asking people with information on the cases to call 704-432-8477.