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After a year in which there were 108 homicides in Charlotte -- the most since 1993 -- Charlotte's City Council is looking at treating violent crime as a public health issue. WFAE’s health reporter Claire Donnelly talks with All Things Considered host Gwendolyn Glenn about what, exactly, that might mean.


Gwendolyn Glenn: Claire, what does it mean to take a public health approach to something like crime or violence?

Teen SC School Shooter Gets Life For Killing 1st Grader

Nov 14, 2019
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — A school shooter who was 14 when he killed a first grader on a school playground in South Carolina was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole.

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A 25-year-old man was killed and another man was injured in a shooting in north Charlotte on Friday evening.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say Tydarrien Ford was found shot in a car on Custer Street, already dead when they arrived shortly after they were called at 7:54 p.m.

HUNTERSVILLE — Huntersville Police say a 22-year-old man was seriously wounded in a shooting outside of a fast-food restaurant.

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A loaded gun and a non-lethal Taser-like device were discovered at Rocky River High School during a random screening for weapons today.

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While last week’s shootings at UNC Charlotte put the city in a national spotlight, our problems with gun violence have been evident for a long time. Charlotte is on pace to have more than 100 homicides in 2019, mostly from guns. Presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey thinks he has a solution to curb gun violence nationwide through gun control proposal he unveiled this week. 

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Democratic lawmakers want to make it legal in North Carolina for a judge to temporarily take away guns from anyone found to be an imminent threat to themselves or others. But it doesn’t look likely that the bill will pass.

About 25 people attended the forum, organized by Mecklenburg Ministries, in the chapel at Park Road Baptist Church.
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One reaction by houses of worship to last month's mass shooting at a Baptist church in Texas has been to look inward, and think about church security. Another, discussed at a forum on gun violence Tuesday in Charlotte, is to look outward and ask how people of faith can help battle the problem.

All 13 of North Carolina's representatives in the U.S. House voted in favor of an overhaul of the country's mental health system Wednesday. The bill gained momentum this year in part because of mass shootings.

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It has been a deadly Labor Day weekend so far in Charlotte, with five people killed in four separate shootings amid a wave of gun violence as of Sunday morning. A 7-year-old boy was shot to death and three other people were injured at a home in southwest Charlotte Saturday night.