There have been five homicides in six days, and Charlotte Mecklenburg police say they don't have any explanations, except to say that most of the cases involved drugs and none of them was a random attack.
"We realize every one of those numbers is a life, and one life lost is too many," said Deputy Chief Kerr Putney on Tuesday as he tried to put the last six days in perspective.
Putney said the city has had 34 homicides in 2013, still well below last year's record low total of 52 homicides.
He also said that none of the homicides from Thursday through early Tuesday morning was related to any other, and the only pattern is that three of the five were in some way drug-related.
"Is there reason to be upset and the public to have panic? No. But is there reason to be concerned? Absolutely," Putney said.
He said police are seeing more killings where marijuana is specifically involved.
He did say that police have solved three of the five killings and had signed warrants in a fourth. They are still looking for help solving the city's most recent homicide early Tuesday morning at a club on Atando Avenue.
Putney said there were many people who left the club before police arrived just before 2 a.m., and he is asking anyone with information to contact police.