CHARLOTTE, N.C. – There are new concerns about safety in South End, after a man was gunned down in his car.
It happened at around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, just hours after crowds left the Panthers first pre-season game.
It’s also the second shooting in just over a week to happen near the Midnight Diner. Police say some sort of argument led up to the shooting. It comes a day after the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department discussed preventing crime in the area.
Overnight, the popular South End area was booming in the wrong way. Gunfire erupted for the second time in just over a week.
Police say a 25-year-old man was shot inside his car.
Sam Evans, originally from New York, now lives in South End. “I tell my parents how safe I am here in Charlotte, so it’s a big shock,” says Evans.
On Wednesday, police released photos of a suspect accused of gunning down a man in the Midnight Diner parking lot. Police say arguments led up to the shootings in both cases.
“The areas where we normally work and eat are becoming violent like this, it can be concerning,” says one neighbor.
“I go to the Midnight Diner all the time, that’s like a staple of anyone living in South End,” says Evans.
In May, NBC Charlotte reported about another man who was shot while walking with friends just feet from the Midnight Diner. Police say the Midnight Diner is now considering changing hours in light of the crime.
NBC Charlotte reached out to the restaurant, but an employee said they had no comment.
“We’re working very closely with them (the Midnight Diner) right now, discussing best practices, crime prevention,” says Rob Tufano, spokesman for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department.
Meanwhile, the latest crime has some people changing how they’ll get around. “I will definitely be Uber-ing home more than walking,” says Evans.
The shooting victim from Thursday morning was hospitalized with serious injuries. So far, there are no arrests. The case remains under investigation.
CMPD has not released any suspect information in connection with the shooting and no arrests have been made. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.