CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Gunfire is adding to the growing concern in an east Charlotte neighborhood riddled by vandalism.
Earlier this week, police stepped up patrols after vandals spray-painted a dozen homes and cars. It happened around Spandril Lane in the Bradfield Farms neighborhood.
Now, a new victim is coming forward, saying her car window was shot out by gunfire.
“Evidently, it is escalating,” said Shanta Swinton, whose vehicle was hit by gunfire.
Monday night marked a turn from vandalism to violence in the neighborhood.
“I heard two pops,” Swinton explained, saying she discovered the damage to her vehicle that was parked in her driveway on Daerwood Place the next day.
“I shut down the door and the glass fell in the back of my truck,” said Swinton.
Then, she found a bullet casing on the floor of the truck.
“That’s a major concern for me that someone is shooting at my car,” she said.
On Monday, NBC Charlotte reported on more than a dozen properties vandalized by spray paint, ranging from obscene images on homes to ‘"666" spray-painted on a vehicle. Since then, another neighbor reported their home was vandalized by spray paint.
On Wednesday, NBC Charlotte talked to Charles Carson, who said someone spray-painted his mailbox cover and the utility box nearby.
“I think this is the first step to something even more drastic later,” said Carson.
Neighbors say police are looking for teen suspects in the spray-painting cases. However, CMPD told NBC Charlotte there’s no indication at this point the gunfire is related to the previous cases. Officers are now making community members aware of the rash of crimes.
“Leave your porch lights on, get more visibility, if you see something, you know, kind of say something,” explained Swinton.
So far, there have been no arrests. Police say if anyone has information about either case or the suspects to call 911.
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