Neighbors worried after drive-by shooting

Neighbors worried after drive-by shooting

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by RICHARD DEVAYNE / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on October 18, 2011 at 6:23 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 18 at 5:07 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Residents in one Northeast Charlotte subdivision say they are worried about a drive-by shooting that sent one teen, 17-year-old Jamal Corey Connor, to the hospital.

"We saw two cars driving up Challenger Drive coming this way, then someone starting shooting," said a man who identified himself as Jamal's brother.

The man also said that he didn't know the shooters and that he hopes that the police will be able to catch the people who shot at his house. The victim's brother also said that he doesn't think that his brother was the intended target.

It happened this morning at 1:30 on Greylock Court, and Connor suffered a gunshot wound to the thigh.

Police said that someone opened fire, hitting at least three houses in the cul-de-sac, including the house April Ruiz lives in with her husband, father-in-Law and two babies.

"It just shows you that there’s nothing that you can do to protect your family." she said as she looked at the holes in the side of her house and her front door, freshly painted three days ago. "In a neighborhood like this you don’t expect but, like I said, things happen."

Ruiz said that she was awakened twice last night, first at 8 p.m. by what she thought was gunfire, then again around 1:30 a.m. when bullets pierced the walls of her house.

"Actually the first time I heard them was around dinner time, so after we heard it a second time we assumed it was like retaliation." she said.

Two bullets hit the side of her house.  One even went through her living room and into her garage. Another bullet landed near her three week old’s crib.

Fortunately, Ruiz said that her daughter was sleeping in bed with her. But she said she cringes when she thinks about what could have happened.

"There’s always security and police and there’s not really a whole lot you can do at times." said Ruiz.

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