CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A juvenile was shot and killed in west Charlotte Thursday afternoon, police said.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were called to a reported shooting along Southwest Boulevard, near the Birch Townhomes off LaSalle Street, around 3 p.m. Medic transported the victim to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to police.
Officers later confirmed that the victim was a juvenile, though his name and exact age have not been made public.
"We are frustrated and concerned with the amount of juvenile victims and perpetrators on at the same time," CMPD Major JP Bryley told WCNC Charlotte.
"At this time, detectives are still trying to figure out if the victim and the suspect were known to each other," Major Bryley said.
No arrests have been announced at this time.
Neighbors told WCNC Charlotte they're saddened another young life has been taken too soon. Timmy Jones, who has lived in the neighborhood for 16 years, said he's seen his fair share of shootings over the years.
"It's always something happening," Jones said. "It's just a rough neighborhood, period.”
Jones added that his heart goes out to the boy's family.
"Right now he’s in God’s hands, paradise," Jones said.
Any person with information about this shooting or any other incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. Witnesses may also call 704-432-TIPS to speak directly with CMPD homicide detectives.
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