A shooting that appears to be Charlotte’s 48th homicide of the year involved a man who was an innocent bystander, according to TV station WSOC.
The station is quoting witnesses as saying Tommy Jarad Maddox, 24, was not involved in the argument that detectives say ignited the gunfire. He was standing on a porch when hit by a bullet, the station says.
Other media outlets, including WCCB, are reporting Maddox was involved in an argument with a woman when a group approached them and shot Maddox in the head. WCCB said it was unclear if he was targeted by the group.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police refused to confirm to the Observer whether Maddox was a bystander, saying that the investigation is ongoing. Initial police statements on the incident have referred to it as a “shooting investigation,” rather than a homicide.
It happened around noon Sunday at an apartment complex on Kimmerly Woods Drive in East Charlotte. Officers say they found a man lying in front of an apartment building with a gunshot wound. He was taken to Carolinas Medical Center, where he later died.
Neighbors told WSOC said they heard at least 10 gunshots, which many people thought were fireworks. Several homes were also hit by stray bullets, the station reported.
Maddox, a Syracuse, NY native, was shot just blocks away from where David Lindsay, 29, was killed two weeks ago.
Lindsay was shot June 20 while sitting in his car on the 4600 block of Eastwycke Place.
Sunday's homicide joins a string of killings in east Charlotte. So far this year, at least 10 people were killed east of uptown from the North Tryon Street area to Albemarle Road.
With Maddox' death, Charlotte is on pace to reach 95 homicides this year, far more than the 67 the city saw last year.
Usually, there are around 61 homicides each year in Charlotte, police data show.
Most of this year's victims are between the ages of 21 and 35, with the youngest being just 3 months old.
So far, police have made arrests in at least 30 of the homicides.
Anyone with information on the shooting should call 704-432-TIPS and speak to a homicide detective, or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.