Shootings on the rise in the Queen City

- Shootings are on the rise in the Queen City. It's news that no one likes to hear. 

Charotte-Mecklenburg police voiced concern on Thursday.

Over the past two weeks, there have been more than a dozen shootings into people’s homes and cars. Officers said all of them involved illegal guns.

"There's no more sacred place than our homes and these incidents have a lasting impact on that feeling of safety and security in your home," Major Mike Smathers with CMPD said. 

In one recent case, a bullet ripped through the wall at a north Charlotte home. The round hit a child's crib. Thankfully, police said it was empty when the slug tore through the bedroom wall.

"The crib being stuck is a glaring example of what can go wrong. If the child had been in that crib, we probably would be having different press conference," Smathers said. 

Police said shootings into people’s homes and cars have increased 51-percent. This time last year, there were 138 shootings. Compare that to 209 shootings this year.

To date 42 people have been arrested in 2016 for these crimes.

According to CMPD, most of the shootings have happened in these divisions: Freedom, North Tryon, Metro, and Eastway.

FOX 46 Charlotte spoke with people who live or work in those areas.

"It's just something. It used to be on a certain side, but now it's everywhere," Phyllis Swaringer who lives in the Eastway Division, said. 

"You're afraid because you have children in your house. You could be relaxing at home, open a window, and then you hear a shootout," Jessica Morillo who lives in the North Tryon Division, said. 

"As a father of two daughters, you always worry about when they go out whether they're going to come home safely," Trey Warnock who works in the Metro Division, said. 

CMPD asks Charlotteans to take action by telling Crime Stoppers what you know about the shootings. They've also upped the reward money to one-thousand dollars for information that leads to an arrest in various open cases they have.

From CMPD Crime Stoppers website:

  Do you have information about a crime?
If so, you can submit your information anonymously by calling, emailing or SMS texting. You could get a cash reward up to $1,000! Although the police solve many crimes in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, they can't solve all of them without your help!

We'll Protect Your Identity
You don't have to worry about your name being revealed in the case. We never tell anyone the person's name who tipped us off.  Not the the judge.  Not the jury.  Nobody.

What Kinds of Crimes?
We want to know about burglaries, robberies, drug deals, vandalism, violent acts and threats of violence; any crime of a serious nature. And if you know of a crime that is about to be committed, we want to hear about that, too.

Call in your Tip!
You can help make our city and county a better place to live, and make some money at the same time. So make the call to our hotline at 704-334-1600.

Submit A Tip Online!
Tips can be submitted through our partner website TipSoft that keeps your identity confidential and anonymous. Your email will be encrypted and immediately and securely transferred directly to the CMPD through our TipSoft - Tip Management application.

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After submitting your tip, you will be provided with your own unique ID number that you will use when checking the status of your tip or picking up your reward. Never submit an emergency tip here. Please call 911 if it is an emergency.

Submit a Crime Stoppers Tip Online

Text a Tip from your Cellphone!
Mobile phone users across the Mecklenburg County and surrounding areas now have the ability to provide anonymous crime fighting tips through the power of SMS text messaging. Using TipSoft SMS, tips may be anonymously received and securely replied to with complete confidence. This service specifically allows text messaging informants to remain anonymous by encrypting the text messages and routing them through several secure servers, protecting the personal details of the informant.

Timely notifications to the Crime Stoppers will allow police to respond by text message to the originating cell phone without ever knowing the identity of the individual who left the tip. The user's information is always given an alias and a unique ID before being sent. This secure application allows the tipster and the investigator to have two-way dialog while always keeping the user's identity completely anonymous.

To text a crime tip to Crime Stoppers, start your text message with the code "TIP372" and then the tip information you would like the police to investigate. Send this message to CRIMES (274637). Once your tip is received, the TipSoft service will assign an alias ID to your message. A response is sent back to your phone with the alias information. With this information you can securely communicate back and forth with Crime Stoppers without them ever knowing your identity or cell phone number. You will also be able to use the alias ID to find out
updates on that investigation through the TipSoft website.

For more information on the TipSoft SMS service and demo of how to text in a tip, 
visit the TipSoft SMS page.


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