Crime & Courts

Slaying of west Charlotte man marks city’s sixth homicide in six days

Anthony Barbour, 42, was shot dead on a street in west Charlotte Thursday evening, CMPD said.
Anthony Barbour, 42, was shot dead on a street in west Charlotte Thursday evening, CMPD said. WBTV

A 42-year-old man was shot dead on a street in west Charlotte Thursday evening, even as police have beefed up patrols after a recent surge in killings.

Anthony Barbour was the city’s sixth homicide in six days and the 44th overall this year. That’s two more than Charlotte saw all of last year, with more than three months to go in 2015.

Barbour was shot and killed during an argument on Oregon Street, just off Rozelle’s Ferry Road, said CMPD Lt. Zeru Chickoree. Barbour’s daughter was inside the house during the outdoor shooting.

Chickoree said at least one man sped off in a red Chevrolet Malibu following the shooting. Officers were interviewing witnesses, but had not released the name of a suspect in Barbour’s killing.

Angela Barbour, Anthony’s younger sister, said her brother was a good man and she couldn’t think who would want to see him dead. She stood weeping at the edge of the crime scene tape with about a dozen other family members.

They asked for witnesses to come forward and for the assailant to turn himself in.

“The violence has to stop,” Angela Barbour said.

Police have stepped up patrols across the city following a violent Labor Day weekend when five people were killed in less than 24 hours, including a 7-year-old boy attending his cousin’s birthday party.

It was unclear what specific crime reduction efforts police were engaged in in the Lakewood community where Barbour was killed.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.: 704-358-5046, @CleveWootson

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