Charlotteans (Charlatans?) could be excused for an increased level of concern over a recent uptick in murders in their fair town. But as far as the Charlotte PD are concerned, there’s nothing to worry about. “A burst of five unrelated killings in Charlotte – including three in a single day – led police Tuesday to the unusual step of announcing that the public had little to fear and that the slayings appeared related to risky lifestyles.” So 5-0 in the cradle of NASCAR subscribes to the axiom that it’s a good idea to stay away from stupid people in stupid places at stupid times. That’s always good advice, and the boys in blue want you to know that as long as you keep your nose clean, all will be well . . .
“This is an anomaly,” said Kerr Putney, deputy chief for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, at a news conference.
Investigators believe at least three of the killings since Thursday were related to the drug trade, Putney said. Others were likely the result of disputes between acquaintances prone to violence, he said.
So there’s really nothing for John or Jane Q. Public to fret over. As long as the idiots are only shooting themselves, that is.
There were still more reassurances to disseminate:
“We’re trending in a good direction right now,” said Putney. “We could match a historic low.”
They could match the historic low…unless the current rate continues.
The deaths increased Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s homicide total this year to 35 – three more than last year at this time, Putney said. The 52 homicides last year were the fewest for Charlotte-Mecklenburg police in 24 years, and the city was trending even lower until the recent spate of violence.
Deputy Chief Putney didn’t talk about what happens when those living “risky lifestyles” stray from the reservation and have the effrontery to interact with others. We’d suggest an M&P Compact 9 in a StealthGear Onyx, but that’s something Charlotteans will have to decide for themselves.