Deadly shooting in west Charlotte latest in string of violent crime

CHARLOTTE — On Monday, police identified a 17-year-old as the victim in a deadly shooting over the weekend in west Charlotte.

CMPD said officers were called to West Boulevard and Leake Street at about noon on Saturday.

Officers got to the scene and found Andy Hernandez, 17, who had been shot. He was in a car that had crashed into a tree, detectives said. He died at the scene, they said.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police told Channel 9 an argument led to the shooting.

Police did not say they had identified any suspects in the case.

No further information was released.

By Channel 9′s count, it was the third deadly shooting in Charlotte since Friday.

A deadly shooting happened about 12 hours earlier in the 900 block of Brookshire Boulevard in northwest Charlotte. The victim died at Atrium Health Main.

Not long before that, police responded to a triple shooting along Tavistock Court in northwest Charlotte. No one was seriously hurt in that shooting, police said.

Earlier on Friday, Herbert Eaton, 26, was shot and killed near an apartment complex in the vicinity of Northlake Mall.

At least six people in Charlotte have been killed in shootings since May 29.

Family and friends of 15-year-old killed by two other teens gather to remember him

The violent week started on May 29 in a case that involved a group of three 15-year-olds.

John “Johnny” Daniel Morales was shot in east Charlotte on First Run Circle around 5:30 p.m. that day. He was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Family, dozens of close friends, classmates, parents, and teachers gathered at J. M. Alexander Middle School on Saturday night to remember Johnny.

Daisy Morales is Johnny’s older sister and said her brother did not deserve what happened to him.

“He was a baby. He was our Johnny,” she said.

Morales’ best friend Keishan Harper said he would remember Johnny as being a loyal friend.

“Just being a good friend...always being there, you know. He was one of those type of people you know you could always go to if you ever needed anything,” said Harper.

Johnny Morales loved football and his friends played several games at the school to honor his memory.

“I know if he was here right now, he would want us to play,” Harper said.

Johnny’s family said they felt broken, but their burden was lightened by the large crowd that came to support their family.

“It makes me happy at least that he touched all these people and they are here for support. We’re not alone, and he’s not alone, and he’s looking down on everybody here today,” said Daisy Morales.

Morales’ family members said they hope the teens who allegedly took his life will be tried as adults.

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