CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are conducting a homicide investigation in north Charlotte after a double shooting early Monday morning left one man dead and another injured.
Officers were called to a neighborhood on Hidden Valley Road at Sugar Creek Road around 1 a.m. and found two men who had been shot.
CMPD said one victim, 20-year-old Jamil Davis, was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was shot in the wrist but is expected to recover in the hospital.
Channel 9 was the first local news station at the scene and saw investigators set up a large perimeter around the crime scene.
Police told Channel 9 reporter Gina Esposito that while crime has been high in the area in the past, they haven't had a fatal shooting in a while. One officer attributed the decrease in violent crime to their relationship with the community
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"I can tell you that our officers from North Tryon Division work very closely with residents of Hidden Valley and have established fantastic working relationships with them, so they work closely together, particularly when they have situations like this," said CMPD Maj. Allen Rutledge.
Officers used a K-9 team to track the suspects, but no arrests have been made.
Investigators said a car they believe is connected to the shooting was found about a block away on Yuma Street, but have not released any additional details.
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Detectives are hoping to collect evidence from the car and speak to witnesses who may have heard or seen anything.
Monday's slaying was Charlotte's 38th homicide of 2019, compared to 13 at the same time last year.
Outreach Pastor Charles Robinson, who lives in the Hidden Valley neighborhood, said the problem in Charlotte appears to be getting worse.
"We have to get help from every angle to deal with Charlotte because this is a Charlotte problem," Robinson. "We've tried everything here in Charlotte. We've tried adding more police officers. That's not working. We've tried giving them more sentences. That's not working."
Robinson said he is one of several community organizers leading rallies Monday to stop violence in the area. But, he said the approach will be different.
The plan is to connect more people to resources including housing, jobs, and someone to talk to. This effort is the latest push in the north Charlotte area, where the community also launched the Reagan Drive initiative, a series of programs to reduce violence.
"We've all made mistakes in the past. Don't throw these kids away," Robinson said. "Even if the home is broken, so what. The community is not broken."
This is an ongoing investigation. Check back with wsoctv.com for more information.
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