CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and community advocates are concerned about recent crimes in Charlotte committed by teenagers.
“Listen, let me tell you this, if we’re not careful we’re going to lose a generation of talent,” said Chief Kerr Putney of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
Putney said that in response to a Tuesday night shooting at a gas station, where a 14-year-old was one of two teens shot Tuesday night on Brookshire Boulevard.
That incident comes after police said a 15-year-old stole a car at gunpoint in southeast Charlotte and then crashed it about a week ago.
Last month, officers said five teenagers were arrested for their involvement in a rash of crimes that ended with them crashing a stolen vehicle.
We reached out to community advocates about the recent crime incidents involving teenagers.
Charles Robinson works with a stop the violence group that is officially known as Team TruBlue. The group’s outreach efforts provides tutoring, mentoring and resources to teenagers and kids that they’d otherwise not have.
He’s disappointed in the recent incidents.
“We don’t wanna see these kids throw their lives away from just not thinking for just a second. Or being under the influence and not realizing what they’re doing,” Robinson said.
Some of the factors Robinson said contributes to criminal behavior by youth, include not having positive role models and productive activities outside of school. His group is trying to provide positive resources to the local community. He’s encouraging people to volunteer with his organization.