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SWAT team called after fatal Charlotte shooting; search on for suspect

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

A 19-year-old Charlotte man was killed in an eastside shooting Sunday afternoon, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police shut down an apartment complex for four hours as the SWAT team tried unsuccessfully to make contact with a suspect in an apartment.

Police eventually determined that no one was in the apartment.

The search for the man is continuing Monday morning, and police have not announced any arrests in the case.

Police said a man they identified as Danny Barrino was involved in an altercation with another man before the shooting that left him dead. Investigators have not released the name or a description of the suspect.

After the shooting, investigators believed at least one suspect was holed up inside a home in The Preserve at Lake Forest, a large apartment complex near where East W.T. Harris Boulevard meets Albemarle Road.

Trudy Allen said her son, whom she identified as Danny Barrino Allen, was killed. She said she was in church when police called her to tell her about the shooting.

“No matter what he did or what he’s done, now my baby’s gone,” she said, sobbing while being consoled by another woman. “I don’t know the reason, but he’s gone for something stupid.”

She also said, “Whoever did this, they need to come to justice.”

As the standoff wore on, police blocked the entrance to the apartment complex, forcing residents and others to walk to their homes. A negotiator’s voice could be heard over a loudspeaker.

An out-of-service Charlotte Area Transit System bus sat parked nearby for displaced residents.

Many milled about outside on the warm, spring day as officers in green SWAT garb streamed into the complex, changing into green fatigues and carrying assault-type weapons to an area roped off with police tape.

Residents peered at the police activity from balconies or took in the police drama from the grassy area between apartments, occasionally recording police movements with cellphones.

Around 9 p.m., police determined that no one was inside the apartment in question, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Maj. Steve Willis.

Police encourage anyone with information on the shooting to call a homicide detective at 704-432-TIPS. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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