CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There was a staggering jump in murders, which now total 46 for the year, after a violent night in Charlotte.
Three people are dead in two murder investigations within thirty minutes of each other on Tuesday night.
One crime scene at a home on the east side of the city and the other at apartments in north Charlotte.
On Wednesday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney addressed the growing concerns about violence. He told people not to say “we’re OK, because we’re not.”
A closed sign at the No Grease Mosaic Village barbershop shows how Charlotte’s crime wave is reaching different corners of the community. NBC Charlotte found one customer looking for a haircut who instead learned of a homicide.
“I just came and thought it was a regular day and see that the sign was up,” he said.
Police identified the victim as 29-year-old David Lindsay who worked at the barbershop. Investigators found him shot to death in a vehicle at a home on Eastwycke Place just after 11 p.m. Tuesday.
Within thirty minutes, police responded to the Edge at NoDa Apartments where investigators say two men were shot and killed. The total number of murders for the year has jumped to 46 in Charlotte.
Chief Putney announced plans to increase officer hours over the summer with help from federal money, which includes efforts like walking patrols.
“We have allocated overtime, we look at our specific hot spots,” says Chief Putney.
CMPD says the incident with two men killed at the apartment is believed to be drug related. They knew each other like in 75 percent of the murders this year.
However, Chief Putney pointed to another troubling statistic.
“About half of the homicides we’ve seen this year, the victims, the lives taken away were between the ages of 18 and 34,” says Chief Putney.
That includes Lindsay, who also worked with police to improve relations in the community.
“I usually thought Charlotte was a good city to live in, I never heard of that many murders around here like that,” says the customer.
Police have not released details about a suspect in that case. If you have any information you are asked to call 704-334-1600.
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