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Charlotte has reached a new milestone for the deadliest year on record.
One person died in a University area shooting on Tuesday. It was the 123rd homicide in Charlotte with days left in 2020. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department says this figure breaks the record set in 1993, which after further analysis, was officially reduced by seven from 129 to 122.
As first reported by WBT’s Brett Jensen, Charlotte homicide’s total for 2020 is now the worst in history.
“CMPD tells me Charlotte has just set a new murder record,” Jensen said. “Today’s murder is the 123rd this year, which is a new all-time record. The record was originally 129 set in 1993, but some of the classifications have changed and 1993 technically now has 122 murders.
“However, both numbers are worse than they appear. In ‘93, CLT had just 451,694 people and in 2020, CLT is almost exactly double in size. Also, we had seven weeks of stay at home when there were almost no murders committed, so this year’s number is really in 10 months and not 12. To put it in perspective, CLT went 23 straight years from 1996-2018 and never broke 90, and only had 58 murders in 2018. Now, Charlotte has had two straight in triple digits, with 108 in 2019 and now this year.”
A staggering ten murders in the past eight days have rattled the Queen’s City. Three of those coming in the past 24 hours.
Charlotte is latest city to break a record for homicides this year. A steep increase for Kansas City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, and St. Louis, who all broke records for killings in 2020.
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