• Officials: Man, woman killed in northwest Charlotte shooting

    By: Alexa Ashwell

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Homicide detectives in Charlotte are still looking for two suspects in a double murder on the city’s northwest side Thursday morning.
     
    Police were called to a home on West Avenue, off Old Mt. Holly Road, just after 11 a.m.  When they got to the home, they found a man and a woman shot to death in what they said appeared to have been a drug deal gone bad.

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers said the bodies of a man and a woman were found inside the home, which they lived in.

    The victims have been identified as Jeanila Adams Weber, 44, and Donald Ray Matthews, 52.

    IMAGES: Scene of double shooting in northwest Charlotte
     
    “I heard two shots, then I heard the dog screaming, then I heard another shot,” neighbor Shonda Lifhred said. 
     
    She lives near the house but said she did not know the victims.
      
    “That's my daughter and son-in-law,” Johnny Adams told reporters as he stood in front of the house next to the one where the murders happened.
           
    At least a half-dozen police cars and crime scene vehicles lined the street in front of the house for hours. Police said the victims knew their killers.

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    “Our investigation so far reveals that this was not a random act of violence -- that this was a drug transaction that turned into a robbery,” Capt. Collins said.  He said the suspects had come to the house to buy marijuana, and witnesses gave police a good description of the suspects and their car so that detectives had a possible identity of one of them.
           
    Family members rushed to the home in the first hours after the shootings, and some collapsed in tears as they learned what had happened.

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    “Yeah. I done cried, but they won't tell us nothing yet,” Danny McFalls said. 
     
    He said the woman who was killed was his cousin, and he had no idea that she might have been involved in selling drugs from her home.
     
    “She had cancer and she quit everything. Quit drinking and everything. So that's shocking,” McFalls said.

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