Mother Shields Children During Broad Daylight Drive-By Shooting in East Charlotte

From, June 27, 2013

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are trying to find a gunman who allegedly fired shots toward children Wednesday evening in East Charlotte.

Officers were called to the 4100 block of Tamerlane Avenue near Sharon Amity Road and Central Avenue after a report of a drive-by shooting just after 5:30 p.m.

Maria Martinez said her children – ages four and six – were playing outside in the front yard when the shots were fired.

Martinez says she shielded her children from the bullets, grabbing them and huddling in the grass.

“I’m really scared,” Martinez said. “I didn’t see nothing. I only saw that truck.”

Martinez was shaken and distraught, but told police the shots came from a blue-colored SUV with three men inside.

Eugene Figuerora lives next door. He checked the three for injuries after the gunshots.

“She was hovering over her kids. I thought she was shot, but the two boys were under her,” Figuerora said.

Martinez said her home was targeted just last month. Someone shot up her house around 2 a.m. as her family slept inside.

She doesn’t know why someone would target her family and fire shots in plain sight of children.

Police have not released more details on a potential suspect.

Charlotte Observer Staff writer Cleve R. Wootson Jr. contributed.

Published in: on June 27, 2013 at 12:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

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