CMPD searching for gunman after fatal shooting Friday

by: Greg Suskin Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are looking for whoever shot and killed 23-year-old Terrell Jones early Friday morning in southwest Charlotte.

Neighbors tell Channel 9 they were jolted awake by the sound of multiple gunshots at South Oak Crossing Apartments on Bow Road. It was 4 a.m.

"I heard several shots. One hit the air conditioner right here," said apartment resident Jalisha Taylor. "I went to the back and I saw the guy laying down on the ground, just in blood."

Neighbor Rosalyn Sifford also heard the gunshots, but said she heard something more.

"They ran past my window, yelling 'I got him! I got him!' and there was crying," she said.

Channel 9 News crews arrived on Bow Road only minutes after police did. Officers were marking the location of shell casings, and using flashlights to look around for evidence.

Jones' cousin Laravia Miller said he was at Club 935 on Summit Street, and got into a fight with people there. Police are checking into the same information.

Miller believes someone followed him to the apartment complex, and killed him.

"I rushed over here, and I saw his body, just lying there," she said. "He loved to rap, write music and make people laugh."

Since last winter, people in the Wesley Heights neighborhood of west Charlotte have been pushing to curb the violence they say is linked to Club 935.

They met with club owners and police on Tuesday night, concerned about fights and gun violence.

Shannon Hughes with the Wesley Heights HOA was disturbed by the incident Friday morning.

"Not surprised, but disappointed, and sad that it's spilling into other parts of Charlotte," he said.

Channel 9 went to the club Friday afternoon, but no one opened the door.

The lawyer for Club 935, John Gresham, said he was not aware of the shooting, or any connection it might have to the nightclub.

As of late Friday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police had not released any further details about possible suspects, or the motive for the shooting.