CMPD: 2019 homicides up dramatically compared to last year

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police investigated 23 more homicides than this time last year, according to first-quarter crime statistics.

Charlotte homicides are on the rise, according to quarterly crime statistics from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

During the first three months of 2019, CMPD investigated 33 homicides. There were 10 in the same period last year.

“It’s a pretty large increase,” said Deputy Chief Coerte Voorhees. “Not proud of that number at all, but I can tell you we’re doing a lot of work to combat it. The secret is we can’t prevent everything. I wish we could.”

Overall crime was up 4.6 percent. Voorhees said that the common thread was that people were settling minor differences with gunfire. Nearly 90 percent of the homicides involved a gun.

Breakdown of 33 murders since January

  • six related to domestic violence
  • four were drug-related
  • five were robberies
  • seven stemmed from arguments
  • one was an officer-involved shooting
  • 10 were unknown causes

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney said there’s a struggle to get good information to solve these cases. He said young victims don’t want to talk about the circumstances in which they were shot.

“We need the public’s help. Really, we need to change the culture,” Voorhees said.

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Other first-quarter crime stats

  • violent crime: up 11 percent
  • aggravated assaults: up 11.8 percent
  • property crime: up 3.4 percent

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