3 found slain in Charlotte within 30 minutes, as homicide toll mounts

Site of investigation on Hilo Drive in north Charlotte
Site of investigation on Hilo Drive in north Charlotte WBTV

Charlotte’s 2017 homicide tally jumped to 46 Tuesday night as police found two men killed in an apartment complex and a third man shot dead in a parked vehicle.

All three bodies were discovered between 11:30 p.m. and midnight.

Investigators identified the victims in the apartment shooting as Jared Chatman, 29, and Sanchez McClure, 30. The third victim, found sitting in a vehicle, was identified as 29-year-old David Sean Lindsay.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say the first body was discovered about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, in the 4600 block of Eastwycke Place Drive near the intersection of Shamrock Drive and Hickory Grove Road. Few details have been released, but Observer news partner WBTV reported police found Lindsay sitting in a car parked in a yard. He had been shot and was pronounced dead at the scene.

WSOC-TV reported Wednesday afternoon that Lindsay was a well-known Charlotte barber at No Grease barber shop in Charlotte. No Grease has partnered with CMPD to fight crime. Friends said Lindsay cut the hair of celebrities and politicians, the station reported.

Almost simultaneously, police were called about a shooting at The Edge at NoDa Apartments at 420 Hilo Drive, off North Tryon Street, that left Chatman and McClure dead. Police found one body in the stairwell of the apartments, and the second victim was just inside the doorway. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have not released details of suspects in the two cases.

Four people have been killed in Charlotte this week, including Zachary Joseph Finch, 21, who was found shot Sunday on Farmer Street. He was on the baseball team at Kentucky’s University of the Cumberlands, where he pitched on a full scholarship.

On average, Charlotte sees about 61 homicides a year. The city is on pace to record more than 98 homicides this year.

Most of the 2017 killings have happened in low-income neighborhoods north and east of uptown, an Observer analysis shows.

Some have taken place within blocks of each other.

In January, Majestic Bush, a baby, was killed on Harrison Street, north of uptown. In May, less than a half-mile away, 18-year-old Daveon Andrews was shot and killed, records show

Three people were killed - two shot and one stabbed - within a mile of each other near the intersection of Interstate 85 and West Sugar Creek Road.

And three more were killed within a mile of each other south of Interstate 85 near Beatties Ford Road. All the victims – a 29-year-old, a 30-year-old and a 37-year-old – were shot, records show.

At least 32 victims have been shot. Others were burned or stabbed. Bush, the 3-month-old, died from neglect.

At a news conference Wednesday morning, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney detailed efforts designed to reduce crime.

Putney said CMPD is increasing walking beats around high foot-traffic areas such as Plaza Midwood and NoDa so the public can see his officers’ faces and have more interaction. CMPD also recently created a paid internship program for 30 high school students to learn more about Charlotte and be involved in the community.

“The work we are going to do will pay dividends,” Putney said.

The city’s newly released budget calls for 63 additional officers, but Putney said more state money and resources are needed.

Anyone with information about Tuesday’s killings is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak to a detective or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. The Crime Stoppers mobile app website is at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are still looking for answers following the death of Katie Jones.

A man was found shot and killed in northeast Charlotte Friday morning.