Police are turning to new technology to try to bring down crime in one of Charlotte's most violent neighborhoods.
Barbershop owner Marvin Price grew up in Grier Heights. He said crime has changed the neighborhood.
"When you get the shooting and stuff, it turns people off from coming in and doing business," Price said.
The area has seen five serious shootings in the past year and three of them were fatal.
As a deterrent, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will install Shot Spotter next week.
Deputy Chief Doug Gallant said the technology can alert officers when gunfire erupts and tell them which direction the shooter is moving.
"In any violent crime that involves gunfire outdoors, Shot Spotter will give us the ability to pinpoint where the shots are coming from and ability to pull additional information as far down as to what type of weapon was possibly used," Gallant said.
It is critical information to help catch suspects and build a case for court.
Gallant said the police department approached community leaders about the concept first and they agreed Grier Heights is a good test case.
"The community has been very supportive. All the folks we talk to seem to indicate to us that the only folks that may have a problem with Shot Spotter are those who want to commit crimes," Gallant said.
Store owner Thomas Taylor hopes it can turn a crime trend that he said has gotten out of hand.
"I think it's an excellent idea. I wish they had done it earlier," Taylor said.
The $50,000 cost will come from CMPD's asset forfeiture fund. There's one other Shot Spotter device in Charlotte, but police say the technology cannot replace citizens calling in tips.