CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WNCT)- Police officers in Charlotte, North Carolina, are being called back in from days off and vacations after five people were killed and five others hurt in shootings over the weekend.
The dead include a 7-year-old boy killed during a birthday party around 9 p.m. Saturday in a front yard in southwest Charlotte. Another child and two other adults were wounded, but their injuries were not considered life-threatening.
“It’s a sad state of affairs in this city and our country where a 7-year-old boy can’t be free to celebrate a birthday party without being murdered,” said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Deputy Chief Estes.
While officers investigated the boy’s killing, authorities said they heard shots nearby about three hours later and found a woman dead and a man wounded from what appeared to be a drive-by shooting.
Also over the holiday weekend, a man was found dead from gunshot wounds in east Charlotte on Sunday morning. And police found a man shot to death Saturday morning in northwest Charlotte after a second man was dropped off at a hospital where he died from gunshot wounds.
The CMPD says they hope the extra officers will help to target street violence, specifically illegal firearms.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.