First Drip (9/8/15): Labor Day weekend marked by violence throughout Charlotte


A non-fatal shooting in southwest Charlotte last night wrapped up a violent Labor Day weekend in Charlotte, during which 12 people were shot and five killed, including a 7-year-old boy being shot and killed on Friday night. The most recent shooting, along Huntsmoor Drive, resulted in one victim being brought to the hospital with a life-threatening leg injury. 

The Apple Corporation has partnered with the Virginia-based Conservation Fund to protect a 3,600-acre forest in Brunswick County. The partnership was formed to protect the land, which is seen as a prime piece of land for developers along the southern border of North Carolina. It sits along the Highway 17 corridor between Wilmington and Myrtle Beach. 

Officials are investigating after more than 1,000 gallons of sewage spilled into a Four Mile Creek tributary this morning. The spill, which happened near TPC Piper Glen golf course, is believed to have been caused by a grease buildup in a sewer or manhole. 

The YMCA of Greater Charlotte has announced intentions to remove a monument depicting a Confederate flag that sits in front of the Dowd YMCA to make room for renovations. The Y has reached out to local organizations The Sons of Confederate Veterans, who raised about $3,500 to have the monument installed in 1994, and United Daughters of Confederact to give them a chance to collect the marker, as the Y has stated the marker is not owned by them nor does it reference or represent its organization.

The city of Baltimore has reached a $6.4 million settlement with the family of Freddie Gray, who died of a neck injury he suffered while in police custody in April, causing unrest throughout the city. The wrongful death lawsuit settlement will still need to be approved by the city's Board of Estimates. 

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