Crime & Courts

Woman fatally shot in Gaston County

Jeffrey Chance Eaker
Jeffrey Chance Eaker Gaston County Police Department

Gaston County Police arrested a man in the fatal shooting of his girlfriend near Cherryville late Wednesday.

Lacey Marie West, 24, of Gastonia, was shot shortly before 10 p.m. at her boyfriend’s home in the 1100 block of Black Road, police said.

EMS took West to Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, where she was pronounced dead.

Police charged Jeffrey Chance Eaker, 26, with first-degree murder. He was jailed without bail.

Police said they interviewed other residents who were in the house when West was shot and will release no other details about the shooting.

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call police at 704-866-3320 or Crime Stoppers at 704-861-8000.

Joe Marusak