Shooting at south Charlotte home leaves 2 dead, 3 injured; arrest made

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A man has been charged after a shooting at a south Charlotte home left two people dead and three others injured early Saturday morning, police said.

The shooting happened just before 5:30 a.m. on Lytham Drive, near South Mecklenburg High School.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police told Channel 9 five people, including the suspect, were injured in the incident. Authorities said three people were shot.

One person was pronounced dead at the scene, and another was taken to the hospital, where they later died., investigators told Channel 9.

The victims were identified as Janet Scronce, 40, and Furahn Morrow, 39.

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Two others were also injured but police have not discussed their conditions.

The suspect, identified as 75-year-old Caldwell Cole Jr., has been charged with two counts of murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with the intent to kill.

His first court appearance is set for Wednesday.


"I've been out here 20 years, and this has never happened in our neighborhood, so it startles everyone," said neighbor Scott Wheeler.

The shooting was not random and started after a fight inside a house in the area, according to CMPD.

"I was shocked. I actually was on my way to church this morning at about 6 a.m., and there was a lot of activity here," said Wheeler.

No other details surrounding the crime have been released.

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