CHARLOTTE—Residents in Grier Heights are still trying to understand the outbreak of violence on their streets. In just two weeks the neighborhood has seen three shootings, two of them fatal.
"I walked up I saw the tarp over the car and that was enough for me," said Rachel McReed.
McReed said not only is she coping with the shooting death of her close friend Nakio Cousart, 32, but all the violence plaguing the Grier Heights neighborhood. Cousart was shot and killed around 7 p.m. Saturday at a home on Zircon Street. It was the third shooting in the neighborhood within two weeks.
"I just wish all this killing would stop, I just wish everybody would come together," said Cousart's Brother-in-law Derrick Strother.
Last Saturday Torey Williams, 25, was shot in the neck on Burkland Drive. A suspect in that case was arrested Tuesday. On April 30, Ronald Martin, 20, was found shot to death on his mother's porch on Billingsley Road.
Strother said he has lived in Grier Heights for five years and although he feels safe, he fears for his neighbors.
"With all the things that go on, yes," said Strother,
Several neighbors declined to go on camera, saying they still fear for their lives and the lives of their children, despite a police presence. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department reports show the neighborhood has seen eight non-aggravated assaults, along with other reports of drug possession, larceny and vandalism since January.
"It can be a good neighborhood it's just some of the people that come to the neighborhood that don't live over here," said McReed.
McReed said Cousart did not live at the home where he was killed, but said she does not know why he was here. She described as someone with a lot of connections.
"He knew everybody, everybody knew him. [He was a] good guy, good guy," said McReed.
CMPD detectives said early Sunday, the shooting death of Cousart does not appear to be a random act of violence. A potential suspect vehicle is described as a blue SUV and possibly a Ford model.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 704-334-1600.