Violence seemingly increasing in uptown Charlotte

Violence seemingly increasing in uptown Charlotte

Violence seemingly increasing in uptown Charlotte

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by DIANA RUGG / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on December 29, 2013 at 12:34 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A recent string of violent crime doesn't appear to worry Carolina or Cincinnati fans celebrating at the Belk Bowl in uptown Saturday.

A crowd of more than 45,000 fans from the two teams filled seats at Bank of America Stadium, and many looked for entertainment in the city's center afterward.

A few fans saw police.

"They've probably been the most helpful out of anything, telling you where to go," said Adrian Slattman, who is in town for the game from Cincinnati.  "Like last night for the pep rally they told us where to go to get what -- and I'm, like, this is really helpful."

In the last two weeks, police have investigated three shootings and a stabbing in uptown areas mostly known as safe and well-traveled.

Friday night, two people were shot on North Tryon Street at 10th Street.  Shortly after that, a woman was stabbed in a fight at the Transit Center on Trade Street.

Last weekend, a man was shot to death near the Transit Center, and the weekend before that, a man was shot on West Trade Street near the stadium.

None of that worries Slattman or his friend Hannah Baker.

"That sounds about like Cincinnati from what I've heard a couple different nights from our UC police," said Slattman.  "It's about normal."

CMPD doesn't release staffing numbers or security plans for uptown events, and didn't respond to NBC Charlotte's request about whether they'd be doing anything special for the Belk Bowl in light of recent uptown crimes.

But none of the fans we talked to expressed any concerns about uptown even after we told them about nearby shootings.

Some even said extra police wouldn't really be necessary with the crowds around uptown after a busy event like the game.

"Police don't necessarily make me feel safe, or make me safe," said Ed McEnaney, a Carolina fan from Oak Island.  "I like being around people, and my friends.. they make me feel safe."

Police reported no significant arrests around uptown after the game Saturday evening.
 

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