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Tape of 911 call: ‘Somebody’s shooting in our neighborhood’

By Elisabeth Arriero
earriero@charlotteobserver.com

The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s office on Monday released the 911 call made by the wife of one of the shooting victims Friday in Harrisburg’s Windsor Forest neighborhood. In the nearly nine-minute recording, Lisa Kirchner frantically tells the dispatcher there’s been a shooting.

“I need the police… Somebody’s shooting in our neighborhood. A man’s in my backyard with a gun,” Kirchner says. …. My neighbor has a gun and he’s shooting in my neighborhood. He’s shooting in my backyard.…”

When the dispatcher asks why the shooting started, Kirchner responds, “My husband was outside working in the yard. He walked in and then he left.”

The dispatcher asks if the shooter had a pistol or a rifle.

“It was a black handgun, that’s all I know,” Kirchner replies.

At one point, a child’s voice is heard saying: “Daddy’s on the dirt.” Kirchner then says: “Oh my gosh, he’s down.”

The dispatcher asks who’s down.

“My husband I think,” Kirchner says. “… I gotta go out and check on my husband.”

When she no longer sees the shooter, Kirchner goes outside to her husband. “Oh my god he’s dead,” she says. “He's not breathing.

The dispatcher instructs her how to start CPR.

“He’s dead, he’s been dead too long,” Kirchner says. “I don’t know how to do CPR.”

The dispatcher asks where her husband was shot.

“Right in the middle of his stomach,” Kirchner says..

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