NC community says Christmas ‘tough’ after 2 teen girls killed in shooting

NC community says Christmas ‘tough’ after 2 teen girls killed in shooting

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WJZY) – Neighbors are calling it a tough Christmas as police investigate the shooting death of two teenagers in east Charlotte. 

“We were wrapping presents last night and we heard a series of shots,” said Ariana Hull.

Crime scene tape still surrounding a street sign where police spent most of the night investigating on Olde Savannah Road.

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“We just kept hearing more and more police cars and sirens and ambulances and fire trucks and the whole entire street…probably like a mile long of cop cars,” said Hull, neighbor.

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Ariana Hull lives a couple of doors down from the home where the shooting happened. Police say they found three people suffering from gunshot wounds and a fourth person with a laceration. Police later saying two teenagers died. 

One is 16-year-old Katherine Lopez Cruz and the other, 13-year-old Michelle Robles. 

“The first thought is…are my babies safe and are we safe? Just with everything…that was so unknown last night. I did have a bit of a hard time sleeping just not sure exactly just what was going on,” said Hull.

Multiple neighbors say there was a Christmas Eve party at the home and seemed to be going well until around 11 p.m. That’s when neighbors say they heard several gunshots and glass breaking. 

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“I heard there were a lot of people…it’s what a lot of people are saying in our neighborhood Facebook group,” said Hull.

“My heart really goes out to them. As a mom, I can’t even imagine having to deal,” she said.

Police are still investigate what led to the shooting.

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