CMPD Investigating 3 Homicides In 11 Hours, Including Killing Of 21-Year-Old

CHARLOTTE —  Three Charlotte families are grieving tonight, after three people were murdered in the city in just under 11 hours.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department held a news conference Wednesday, October 14th to discuss the cases:

One of those victims, a 21-year-old man, who family members say was on his way to see his young daughter.

They say Aaron Shuford, Jr., was always happy, and a fantastic basketball player at Vance High School.  Monday evening, Shuford was shot to death as he sat in his car at a red light on Old Statesville Road.

“This boy was driving down WT Harris to make a left turn on Old Statesville Road, because he gotta be home by six o’clock, and he never made it home,” says Will Adams, who was close to the family.

“How do you just drive up beside somebody and let off 42 rounds?” He asked.

About 30 minutes after that shooting, detectives investigated another homicide on Campus Street in West Charlotte.  Someone shot 58-year-old Ernest Lightner.  And, while CMPD investigated those two homicides, Charlotte City and Mecklenburg County leaders discussed how to stop the violence.

“We’ll engage a consultant to conduct an external analysis as we start to talk about police civilian contacts and calls for responses,” says Marcus Jones, Charlotte City Manager.

“I’m sure all of us woke up this morning to the news that there were three homicides overnight here in Mecklenburg County.  And, I think it’s just a sobering reminder for all of us, we’re praying for the family, and a reminder of the urgency of this issue,” says Raynard Washington – Mecklenburg County Deputy Health Director.

CMPD investigated another homicide early Tuesday morning.  41-year-old Emanuel Taylor was killed on Clydesdale Terrace in West Charlotte.