CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – By the time Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police arrived at the Walmart scene on Wilkinson Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon, it was already a day that had already seen its share of tragedy .
It was something the officers themselves couldn’t help but mention.
“We find it difficult to understand why the community breeds gun violence to resolve conflict,” said Major Brian Foley. “I wish I could tell you why people are fearful and angry.”
What happened at Walmart actually started about a mile down the road at an apartment complex along the 1700 block of West Boulevard. Police said there was a shooting there.
Johnny Scott, 18, fled and was found in a vehicle in the Walmart parking lot. He later died at a local hospital. Another person, believed to be linked to the West Boulevard shooting, presented to hospital with life-threatening injuries. The shooting is still under investigation.
But this case is the latest in a series of homicides that Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are investigating. In addition to the West Boulevard case, this week alone:
- A man in his 40s has died and two others have been shot dead in northeast Charlotte.
“I’m really at a loss for words,” said community activist Lucille Puckett.
The violence in the region is personal to Puckett. She lost her son in 2016 to violence.
“We have to be better as a community,” Puckett said. “We have to be proactive and not reactive so that these babies do not lose their lives. “
The feelings at the moment among the police and the community involve a lot of uncertainty, but also a lot of visible frustration. People have resorted to violence, and in a lot of these cases, there’s no real reason.
“We need people to help us, we need people to talk,” Foley said. “That’s all we ask for is help.”