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CMPD: 4-year-old hurt after shooting in southeast Charlotte

The child is in critical condition, according to CMPD.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A 4-year-old boy is fighting for his life after being shot in southeast Charlotte Monday night, police said. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were called to a reported shooting at the Wallace Woods apartments just off Independence Boulevard around 6:45 p.m. on Aug. 29. When officers arrived, they found a young child who had been shot. 

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Police at the scene told WCNC Charlotte's Austin Walker the boy and his mother had recently gotten home from the grocery store when the child was hit by a bullet. 

On Wednesday, CMPD said it was looking for a car and suspect in connection to the drive-by shooting. Police said the car is "extremely weathered with extensive sun damage to the hood and trunk," has a sunroof, and no tag. There is damage to the car's driver-side door fender as well as the back right passenger door. 

One neighbor said she heard at least eight shots Monday night.

"They came in, they drove around here and they just opened fire," a neighbor said. 

Police reports show another shooting was reported back in June at the exact same apartment unit that was shot at on Monday evening. No one was hurt in that case.

Neighbors who live in the area say they are concerned about the ongoing violence and are calling for some safety changes to be made.

“I like to see more policemen coming and just someone to be a watcher to watch over the neighborhood," one resident said.

Inlivian, the organization that oversees the property, says they are working with police to increase safety and increase surveillance. They are also counting on some help from the neighborhood. Back in January, "See Something, Say Something Tipline" was implemented throughout the apartment complex for neighbors to report their concerns anonymously.

Detectives are investigating the case. Anyone with information on the investigation is asked to call 704-432-TIPS to speak with a detective or 704-334-1600 to leave a tip with Crime Stoppers.

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