5 shootings, 2 deaths, 12 hours – could the violence have been prevented? – WSOC TV

CHARLOTTE – Several deadly acts in Charlotte marked a violent start to the week. Police told Channel 9’s Hunter Saenz the violence would be difficult to stop.

From University City to South Charlotte, CMPD is investigating at least five shootings, all of which occurred within 12 hours, according to Medic.


At least three people were involved in two fatal shootings on Sunday night.

In University City, two men were found shot at a gas station along Mallard Creek Road around 10 p.m. Sunday.

Joshua Hause, 24, died at the scene, and the second victim was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say that the firing started due to an argument.

“Gun crime is real, there are victims and families on the other side of it,” said CMPD Major Jackie Briley. “This is real life out here and detectives and officers work very hard to prevent incidents like this and find a way for those families at some point.”

In west Charlotte, 18-year-old Caleb Thompson was shot and killed on Addington Street near West Boulevard.

Thompson was taken to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Police have not said what led to the shooting or whether any suspects have been identified.


Around 1 a.m. Monday, a man suffered non-life-threatening injuries in a shooting on East Woodlawn Road.

The shooting occurred at a gas station near the intersection of Interstate 77 and Billy Graham Parkway.

CMPD has not released further information about the shooting or those involved.

In northwest Charlotte, a man was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after a home invasion incident on Palm Breeze Lane around 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Police records show a suspect forced entry into the home and attempted to attack the resident. The resident returned fire and hit the suspect. As they were leaving the scene the suspect robbed the home.

MEDIC took one person to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, but it is unclear whether the person was the suspect.

There were nine people in the home at the time of the incident, including a 2-year-old child and two teenagers.

On Monday morning, someone was hospitalized with minor injuries following a shooting in the South End along Fairwood Avenue. The shooting took place near Southside Park around 2 a.m.

Channel 9 has contacted CMPD to ask about the suspects.

Could they have been stopped?

In short – CMPD said, it would have been difficult to prevent the murders from happening. Channel 9’s Hunter Saenz sat down with Major Jackie Briley, who was on call and at both homicide scenes over the weekend. He said that his phone keeps ringing often.

“The thing that goes through my mind is ‘Oh no, not again,'” she told Saenz.

Briley said that although CMPD is trying to prevent these types of shootings, prevention would be nearly impossible in the case of two homicide cases.

In west Charlotte, he said CMPD had never been called before to the home where Thompson was murdered.

“Talking to neighbors there, they really haven’t seen officers out there like that,” he said. “They were confused.”

And in University City, he said Howze’s murder stemmed from a dispute that had escalated. his advice:

“Think before you act. It’s okay to walk away,” she said.

This is a message that can help save lives.

Howze’s sister told Saenz that he was a kind and caring man who would do anything for her and their mother.

Anyone with information about either case is asked to call 704-432-TIPS. You can also leave information by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or anonymously click here,

(WATCH: Multiple victims hospitalized in shooting on Woodlawn Road in south Charlotte)

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