A Concord man was arrested late Friday afternoon after an apparent domestic dispute that left two women dead.
Concord police arrested Christopher Joseph Willard, 28, of 307 Highland Ave. He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and placed into the Cabarrus County Jail.
Maj. Wendell Rummage said one woman had died at Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast, and the other died where she was shot, at 314 Highland Ave. Rummage said the weapon was a handgun.
Police and family members identified the victims as Joyce Fink, 57, of 314 Highland Ave., and Melissa Jones, 27, of 301 Highland Ave.
Jones was Willard's ex-girlfriend, said Terri Spry of Salisbury, Fink's daughter. Spry talked about her mother after a police news conference at the old Cabarrus County fairgrounds.
Her disabled mother had recovered from a stroke last year, Spry said.
“He shot my mother in her backyard, in her chair,” she said. “A lady who's never done anything wrong.”
Spry's father, Boyce Fink, 62, was not injured. Spry said Jones had broken up with Willard.
“The motive appears to be domestic-related,” Rummage said.
The suspect was in a standoff with police for several hours, as police officers surrounded the house. During that time, someone from the investigative unit had phone contact with Willard, Rummage said.
“We'd like for him to do the right thing,” he said of Willard giving himself up. Willard was taken into custody about 4 p.m.
The 911 call came about four hours earlier, at 11:56 a.m., after gunshots rang out at 314 Highland, near U.S. 601 Bypass South and U.S. 29.
Rummage did not say who placed that call.
After the incident, schools in the area were placed on lockdown.
Spry said she couldn't understand why anybody would shoot her mother. She was a great mom and grandmom and never had a bad thing to say about anybody, Spry said.
“She was just laid-back. She'll be greatly missed,” she said.
“How do you go on from this?”