Crime & Courts

2 fatally shot in south Charlotte, 1 shot in uptown as 2019 homicide toll mounts to 95

Two people were fatally shot in south Charlotte and another person shot in an uptown apartment building early Saturday, as Charlotte’s 2019 homicide toll reached 95, police said.

Charlotte had 58 homicides at this point in 2018, CMPD Officer Sirlena June told The Charlotte Observer on Saturday.

The city hasn’t had 100 homicides since 1993, the Observer previously reported.

Janet Elizabeth Scronce, 40, and Furahn Karren Woods Morrow, 39, were shot about 5:15 a.m. Saturday in the 2700 block of Lytham Drive, police said. That’s near Park Road and Sharon Road West and just north of South Mecklenburg High School.

Police charged Caldwell Cole. Jr., 75, Sunday evening with the murders of Scronce and Morrow, as well as two counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill.

One was pronounced dead at the scene and the second by medical staff at Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center, according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department news release.

Police said a third person was shot in the incident and “sustained serious injuries.” Cole also was injured during the shooting, CMPD said.

Uptown homicide victim

Officers found 24-year-old Michael Deandre Camacho dead in a hallway in the Sky House Apartments at about 2:45 a.m. CMPD has released no other details about the killing, including if detectives have a suspect.

Anyone with information about either shooting is asked to call the CMPD homicide unit at 704-432-8477 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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Joe Marusak has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1989 covering the people, municipalities and major news events of the region, and was a news bureau editor for the paper. He currently reports on breaking news.