With crime up, mothers lead the charge against violence

Mother of three, Christy Clark, doesn't live in the neighborhood. But gun violence is very much a part of her life.

WEST CHARLOTTE, N.C. - 18-year-old Daveon Antonio Andrews was just one of four people gunned down Memorial Day weekend in four separate shootings across the queen city.

This number includes a total of three shootings near Rozzelles Ferry Road in West Charlotte.

Mother of three, Christy Clark, doesn’t live in the neighborhood. But gun violence is very much a part of her life.

“As a mom I’m always worried about my children’s safety,” she said.

She leads the group, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense America here in North Carolina.

Its mission is simple: To get guns out of the wrong hands.

Police are investigating 36 homicides in charlotte so far this year, an 89 percent increase from this time last year.

“We are seeing way too much disregard for human life,” a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officer said in a news conference Tuesday.

The violence is showing up in other forms too.

A woman posted to Nextdoor, a neighborhood social network, that she had a gun pulled on her in road rage incident on Rozzelles Ferry Road Thursday evening.

Another person snapped a photo Wednesday showing a man pointing a gun out of his car window. They said it too happened in a road rage incident on I-85.

“I hope that I can give them a place to grow up and live where there is no more gun violence,” Clark said.
Police have not yet made an arrest in the murder of Daveon Andrews.

Anyone with information in the open cases is asked to call CMPD or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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