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80-year-old woman shot in chest, killed; 88-year-old man is charged

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

An 80-year-old woman was shot to death in Gaston County on Sunday afternoon, and the 88-year-old man who lived with her was charged with murder.

Police identified the victim as Vivian Schronce. The suspect, Charles Edwin Venn, lived with her at the home on 128 Venn Drive. The home has a Gastonia mailing address but is just outside the city limits.

At 12:22 p.m., Gaston County Police were called to the home, near Hickory Grove Road, “in reference to a female in cardiac arrest,” according to a press release.

When officers arrived, they found Schronce had been shot in the chest.

She was transported to Caromont Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

Venn was identified as the suspect fairly quickly. Police said he and Schronce lived together at the home, but they have not given a motive in the killing.

Venn was taken to Gaston County Jail, where he was being held without bail.

The investigation is ongoing. Gaston County Police encourage anyone with information to call them at 704-866-3320

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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