Violent Crime

11 People Shot, Five Killed Including a 7-Year-Old Boy at Birthday Party in Charlotte North Carolina

A 7-year-old boy was shot and killed Saturday night on Fieldvale Place in southwest Charlotte. Three others were injured in the incident which happened just before 9 p.m.

WBTV has learned that the shots were fired near a child’s birthday party. The 7-year-old, later identified as Kevin Antonio Calderon Rodas, and other children were picking up candy from a pinata when someone opened fire from across the street.

Police were called to the 6800 block of Fieldvale Place Saturday night after multiple calls about shots fired in the area. Officers arriving at the scene were flagged down by family members of the boy suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

The victim was taken to the hospital by Medic and was pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center.

Police say Medic treated three other victims for non-life-threatening injuries at the scene, including two adults and one juvenile.

Police canvassed the area Saturday night for witnesses.

WBTV spoke to neighbors about the incident Sunday.

“I was just scared. There’s so much going on now and you just gotta be scared for your life. You just gotta be safe,” said neighbor Jeremiah Rodgers.

Rodgers said he wasn’t home when the shooting happened, but he saw the large police presence in his community later that night.

“I was just heartbroken for the family that had to go through this,” said Rodgers’ brother, Samuel.

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