CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - Three people were shot at Ashley Place Apartment Homes on Electra Lane around 12:45 Sunday morning. Police arrived at scene and found three men who’d been shot. One man was taken to the hospital in serious condition, the other two men were pronounced dead at the scene.
The two men killed have been identified as Gerardo Arellano-Sanchez, 33, and Miguel Cruz, 31. Hugo Arellano-Sanchez has been identified as the third person wounded in the shooting.
Corey Johnson was hanging out with friends at the apartment complex and heard the gunshots.
“I was sitting on the porch and a couple of shots rang off like boom, boom, boom, boom, at least like four to five shots,” he said.
Johnson says gunshots are a normal sound on the Eastside of Charlotte. He called the shooting “sad” and said it is time for people to handle disputes in a different way. “Real stuff like put the irons down man let’s get back to fighting let’s solve it like that.”
The shooting happened in City Council District 5. Councilman Matt Newton covers that area and said this year Charlotte is on track to exceed a record for homicides.
“This should not be novel this should not be stuff that we’re just now coming to the realization on in any respects this is commons sense deduction and reasoning but now that there’s an emphasis on the problem it can no longer be ignored,” said Newton.
FOX46 Charlotte reached out to several residents of the apartment complex but many were too scared to speak on camera. One woman who lives nearby the building where the shooting happened and said her son heard the gunshots then ran and jumped in her bed.
Newton said, “Let’s face it that’s something that’s going to be in the back of his mind for the fore coming near future. If he hears a pop somewhere, if there’s a car that backfires, you know, he might be running for duck and cover and that shouldn’t be the case. Every child should feel safe and secure.”
Newton quoted a figure relayed to City council members by the District Attorney which is that roughly 60 percent of murders, so far in 2019, were committed by people 25 years old or younger. “It wouldn’t be truthful to say that the homicide rate would be eliminated altogether not in a city of our size. But certainly having a homicide rate that is as high as it is here as persistent as it’s been over the past year is unacceptable,” said Newton.
Others took time to share their own message concerning the sharp rise in violence.
“Everything can be solved with talking instead of using gun violence and instead of using aggression. Some of ya’ll people ain’t built like that. Some of ya’ll don’t like using words but communication is the big key everybody needs to start working together and talk together as a community and as one, said Johnson.
CMPD said they are still working to notify the next of kin for both men who were killed. They are asking anyone with information on the shooting to call 911 or Crimestoppers.