A man allegedly shot by his own father on Easter Sunday remained in critical condition on Monday night, just as a local domestic violence group asked city leaders for changes to help reduce domestic violence in Charlotte.
John Carros Jr. was shot in his east Charlotte home on Sunday. Police said his father John Carros Sr. fired the gun.
That shooting was the second within hours. In north Charlotte, police said 36-year-old Vernon Blackman shot and killed his girlfriend, Yolanda Hill, inside their home.
The two incidents of domestic violence came as the Domestic Violence Advisory Board was prepping to give their annual report to the Charlotte City Council.
The board says domestic violence crimes have increased in the last year, and they're asking city leaders for several changes, such as more women's shelters in town and help transitioning victims into violence-free homes.
"It's a statistic across the nation, but there are three times as many animal shelter than domestic violence shelters. Here in Mecklenburg County, we only have 29 beds," said Marage Blakeney of the DCAB.
More beds are coming in the form of a larger shelter, but construction isn't expected to be completed until 2011.
Blackman is facing murder charges, but John Carros Sr. has not been charged yet.