• Police: Estranged girlfriend shoots man trying to force way into home

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Police have not released the name of a man shot and killed as he apparently tried to force his way into his estranged girlfriend’s home early Monday morning.
             
    Police were called to the home on Morning Drive, off West Boulevard, just after 4 a.m., where they found the man dead on the front porch.
             
    Neighbors told Eyewitness News they heard four shots and saw the man’s body.
     
    Tony Ross said he spoke to the man who lives in the home—whose daughter was the victim’s girlfriend.
     
    “He said she had to shoot him.  'He kicked my door in, had a gun in his hand. She shot him,'” Ross said.

    A woman who knew both the victim and his girlfriend said she had tried to keep them apart, and that after the shooting the woman who apparently pulled the trigger called her.

    “She's sorry she killed him,” the woman said.
     
    He was the second man killed in barely two days in Charlotte in what appears to be a backlash against domestic violence.
     
    On Saturday morning, police had wrapped a house in northwest Charlotte with crime scene tape after they say a man had been shot and killed in another domestic-related case.
     
    The two cases have some advocates calling for a new look at the problem of domestic violence.
     
    “To me personally, a life lost is a life lost, and every life is valuable,” said Mike Sexton, who leads marches when women become victims of violence.
     
    “How do we figure out how to get to these guys, so they have that light bulb moment so they can maybe turn their life around?” Sexton asked.

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