CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A shooting that riddled a house with bullets in the Arbor Glen neighborhood off Clanton Road and West Boulevard has shaken up an area that has seen a dramatic drop in crime in the past four years, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.
The house on Hiram Street was hit by at least five shots during the gunfire around 3:15 a.m. Holes could be seen in the home’s siding and at least one window, and windows had been shattered on two of the family’s cars.
“That’s crazy,” said former neighbor Shavondra Whitley. “I don't know why would anybody do that.”
Natasha Harvell said she and her husband, whom she declined to name, were asleep when the bullets pierced their bedroom wall and whizzed over their bed.
The 40-year-old man was taken to Carolinas Medical Center but later released. Harvell said he was not seriously injured.
The shooting brought back memories of a more violent time in the area, when shootings were common.
In July 2008, brothers Josh Davis and Terry Long were shot to death in Arbor Glen in a long-running dispute with someone they had known in junior high.
“I lost two children in one night,” their mother, Andrea Long, told NewsChannel 36 at the time. “You just don't know, that tore my heart up. I don't think I'll ever be the same.”
Long and her sons lived in the same house that was shot up Sunday morning. She moved shortly after they were murdered, but at the time she and other parents marched to take back the streets of their neighborhood and stop crime.
According to CMPD statistics from the last four years, efforts in the area have been successful.
Lt. Andy Harris of CMPD’s Westover Division said Sunday that the West Blvd. corridor, where Arbor Glen is located, had a 38 percent decrease in crime between 2008 and 2011, the last full year for which statistics are available.
The same area has had a 43 percent decrease in violent crime during that same time.
Arbor Glen resident Zanavia Sanders believes the shooting Sunday wasn’t random.
“It might be something with them, because they do get a lot of people down here,” she said.
But she and others are grateful the streets are still mostly quiet.