Crime & Courts

Police arrest boyfriend in fatal shooting of Shelby teen

Shelby police charged a man with shooting his girlfriend to death during an armed robbery early Saturday.

Police charged Aaron Rashun Byers, 19, with murder in connection with the shooting death of Hannah Carol Bickley, 17, early Saturday, according to a statement from Chief Jeff Ledford.

They also charged him with possession of a firearm by a felon and attempted armed robbery.

At 2:38 a.m. Saturday, officers responded to a call about a possible armed robbery and shooting on Holder Drive, according to police.

En route, officers were flagged down on Broad Street by a man who said a woman inside his vehicle had been shot on Holder Drive.

Ledford said officers found Bickley in the vehicle with a single gunshot wound. She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. Although police said the shooting took place during a robbery, they did not identify the intended victim.

Hannah’s father, Guy, told WCNC-TV that his daughter had just texted him after she got off work at a Waffle House restaurant, according to The Associated Press. He said she was studying to become a nurse.

Byers, a felon with a lengthy criminal record, was taken to Cleveland County Detention Center.

He has been convicted several times of breaking and entering. His sentences have been suspended and he was given probation.

The investigation is ongoing, police said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-481-8477.