A toddler boy was killed and his 4-year-old sister was wounded when more than 150 shots were fired into his North Carolina home on Tuesday, according to reports.
Asiah Figueroa, 2, died after when several suspects fired into a Charlotte home he was sleeping in. The boy’s older sister was grazed by a bullet but is expected to survive, according to WBTV.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have since confirmed that Tuesday’s deadly shooting appears to be linked to a rash of shootings in the area that left Figueroa and a teen dead. Police Captain Joel McNelly said all the incidents are linked to students at Hopewell High School in Huntersville, North Mecklenburg High School in Huntersville, or Chambers High School in Charlotte. In most cases, the crimes involved suspects shooting into a home.
DRIVE-BY SHOOTING: Police have released new video of the overnight drive-by shooting in northwest Charlotte that killed 3-year-old Asiah Figueroa. More than 80 rounds were fired at the home, police report. https://t.co/rEzeyDLvyo pic.twitter.com/44rMoSpFGf
— WCNC Charlotte (@wcnc) September 8, 2021
Homicide detectives have gathered this video evidence of the shooting. They are sharing it in hopes someone in the community recognizes one of the vehicles or suspects. #clt #cltnews pic.twitter.com/8erwsQwr0K
— CMPD News (@CMPD) September 8, 2021
According to the Charlotte Observer, Jaylen Xavier Foster, 16, was fatally shot and two others were wounded in a shooting in Charlotte on Sunday. A 14-year-old has been charged with murder.
Charlotte police released two videos of suspects pulling up to the home where Figueroa was killed on Thursday, in hopes of receiving leads.
“I want to speak directly to the suspects right now,” Police Chief Johnny Jennings said during Wednesday’s press conference. “How can you wake up this morning knowing that your actions last night took the life of a 3-year-old?”
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[Featured image: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department; Asiah Figueroa/Handout]