Teenage girl found shot to death in north Charlotte woods, police say

by: Mark Becker Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - People living near a north Charlotte park told Channel 9 it's not unusual to hear gunfire.

But on Monday night, the gunfire in Teresa Elder Park on Rockwell Church Road turned fatal.

People walking through the park found the body of 17-year-old Hawa Gabiddon on a path. They told Eyewitness News she had been shot in the head.

Detectives spent most of the night and Tuesday morning combing the park for clues but said the case is still wide open.

Neighbors say the park is a dangerous place after dark.

"At night you hear gunshots going off all the time.  There was a shootout right on the other side of the park in May.  It's just getting worse over here," said Cornelius Harrison.

Police are asking anyone with information about the murder to call their Crime Stoppers line at 704-334-1600.