CORNELIUS, N.C. - Police are being tight-lipped while they investigate an overnight homicide in Cornelius.
Officials told Channel 9 that around 11:30 p.m. a man was found shot to death outside of a unit at the Admiral’s Quarters condominiums on Nautical Drive, off West Catawba Avenue.
Officers kept Channel 9 crews back off the property while they investigated the city's first homicide in three years.
Not many other details have been released but detectives said they think the shooting was random.
Investigators said they did not have any specific suspect information, but they believe there were at least two other people involved.
Channel 9's Mark Becker spoke with neighbor Kelly Braman who said she heard three shots, a woman scream, and the screeching of tires.
"The shots were bam, bam, bam, scream, and then the tires. And then, less than five minutes later it was police cars, firefighters, ambulances. Everything," Braman said.
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A witness told Channel 9 he heard four gunshots and that a woman ran to his door, yelling for him to call 911 because someone had just shot her boyfriend.
She also said the suspects stole her purse.
"Her knees were all scraped so apparently there was a struggle," the witness said.
Neighbors Channel 9 spoke with expressed shock over the killing. Eyewitness News crime-mapped the area and found no violent crimes reported so far this year.
"So it's a little scary to think that something like this happened at night. I don't even feel comfortable walking my dog at night right now," Braman said.
Residents said they would not let the shooting disrupt their lives.
"I'm not going to change anything I do," said Mike Maul. "Maybe just keep my eye out a little more."
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