• Neighbors say fight broke out before deadly west Charlotte shooting

    By: Catherine Bilkey


    CHARLOTTE - One woman is dead after a fatal shooting on Seymour Drive in west Charlotte on Saturday. The murder suspect, Joe Maddox, is in custody.

    “It was just like ‘pop pop,’ like that,” Deann Pierce said.

    Neighbors told Channel 9 that first there was a fight.

    “She told him you always pulling it, you ain’t going to use it,” neighbor Frances Johnson said. “And he went back inside and came back with the gun and used it.”

    “Next thing I know I hear shooting so she hit the ground, and that was it,” Sarah Erock said.

    Diane Burns was pronounced dead at the hospital. Meanwhile, the suspect, Joe Maddox, had barricaded himself in his home. Police cars came in droves. SWAT was called out; officers tried to reason with Maddox. His girlfriend showed up and called him. She told Channel 9 what she was saying.

    “Joe don't do nothing--come out,” she said. “He said ‘I'm going to come out when you get here.’ I said I'm here now, you can come out.”

    Maddox surrendered without any more gunfire. He was interviewed, charged with murder, and taken into custody. Police remained in the neighborhood for hours collecting evidence. Neighbors told us that Maddox was a good guy, but the neighborhood is plagued with crime. One neighbor told us his heart goes out to those involved in all of this.

    “It goes out to people who are losing their lives in different ways--one is deceased…and him going to jail possibly,” neighbor Joseph Luckett said.

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