CMPD Still Searching for Second Suspect in North Charlotte Shooting

From By Tina Terry, March 15, 2012

The Charlotte Housing Authority told Eyewitness News it is stepping up security after a brazen shooting at one of its properties.

Charlotte Mecklenburgpolice are searching for the second person responsible for a shooting at Dillehay Courts Apartment Complex in North Charlotte. The gunfire hit three people, including a teenaged girl.

“Bullets was flying, ricocheting everywhere,” said victim Takiya McClain.

McClain, 22, walked away from the shooting with a broken shoulder and a bullet still lodged in her arm.

She was visiting her cousin at the apartment complex when two people got into an argument and started shooting into a neighborhood full of children. She said she’s grateful to have walked away at all.

“I thank God every day,” she said. “Who knows what could have happened?”

For years now, Allison Preston has been working to control what happens at Dillehay Courts and with some success. Just this year, the housing authority’s resident safety department installed surveillance cameras at Dillehay Courts and at 12 other communities over the past year and a half.

He told Eyewitness News the cameras along with working together with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police to increase patrols has been very helpful. He said so far this quarter there has been a 33-percent decrease in crime.

He said if those charged with this latest crimes are residents at Dillehay Courts they would no longer be allowed to live there.

“We’re going to meet with the residents to resolve this matter. To make sure this doesn’t happen again involving the same people,” he said.

Good news to McClain, who still can’t believe what happened.

“It makes me mad because the situation could have been handled much differently,” she said. “Whoever was beefing at the time could have just come together and talked about it.”

Police arrested Onslow Black Wednesday night, charging him with multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

Thursday they told Eyewitness News they had a second suspect that they were still searching for, but they hadn’t released that person’s name.

1 Suspect Arrested in North Charlotte Shooting

From By Tenikka Smith, March 14, 2012


Police have arrested one person and are looking for another in a shooting that injured two women and a 15-year-old girl.

The incident happened Wednesday afternoon at the Dillehay Courts Apartments on Pine Street.

Police arrested Onslow Black on Wednesday night. He is charged with multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

Investigators have not released the name of the second person they are looking for in connection with the shooting.

Police swarmed the area Wednesday after several shots were fired. The three people who were hit were taken to a hospital and are expected to be OK.

Neighbors described the chaotic scene.

“We were in the house, and we heard four gunshots and then we heard, like, six more,” said resident Latasha Pickens.

Jalisa Walker’s family lives across the street from where the shooting happened.

“He was just shooting in broad daylight like it was the wild, wild west or something,” Walker said.

Investigators said two people got into an argument that escalated into gunfire.   Neighbors said dozens of families and children were outside at the time.

“I looked out the door and saw everybody running, and then we saw our friend running and she was bleeding,” Pickens said.

Walker said the women who were shot were trying to protect their children.  The brazen shooting has unnerved many residents.

“I just feel like we need more safety out here, like the office needs to do something like community police officers or something,” Walker said. “This is not a place for anyone to live if crime is going to be done like that.”

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