- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 8, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney says Labor Day weekend shootings that left five people dead involved retaliation between at least two gangs.

Putney told a news conference Tuesday that police are treating all of the shootings as if they are connected. He didn’t identify the gangs involved and he gave no updates on possible arrests in any of the five killings. He urged people to come forward with information, saying the shootings are “just stupid stuff.”

The chief also said the shooting of 7-year-old Kevin Calderon Rodas was likely the result of mistaken identity. The family had moved in a week before the Saturday shooting.

Twelve people were shot over the weekend. In Mecklenburg County this year, there have been 43 homicides. That’s already more than all of last year.

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