CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Two teenagers were killed in a shooting on Christmas Eve in east Charlotte, detectives confirmed early Friday.
According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, officers were called to a reported shooting in the 6600 block of Olde Savannah Road, which is just off Albemarle Road. It happened a few minutes before 11 p.m. When officers reached the home, they found three people who had been shot and another who was cut. One of the victims was pronounced dead at the scene. The second died at the hospital, and a third person suffered life-threatening injuries.
CMPD identified the two teenagers killed as 16-year-old Katherine Roxana Lopez Cruz and 13-year-old Michelle Avila Robles. Medic said three other victims suffered minor injuries related to the incident. A GoFundMe was set up to help cover funeral expenses.
Richard Gilbert was in bed with his wife watching TV a few homes down from where the shooting happened.
"I heard what sounded like fireworks," Gilbert said. "Soon after that, I heard the police or sirens. I assumed it was police."
Heasly Guevara arrived at her family's house across the street shortly after officers got there.
"Once you pull up, you just see a whole bunch of commotion," Guevara said. "Police, kids, people crying. I know neighbors were out talking."
She and other neighbors said there have never been violent crimes in this neighborhood.
"It really is a quiet neighborhood here," Guevara said. "Every single time I come, we feel safe here."
Any person with information about this shooting is asked to call 704-432-TIPS to speak directly with a homicide detective. Witnesses can also call the anonymous Crime Stoppers tip line at 704-334-1600.