Bouncer shot and killed outside bar, one man charged with murder | Crime
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Two people were shot, one dead after a fight inside of an east Charlotte bar early Tuesday morning.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers scrambled to 5800 block of Albemarle Road after shots rang out at a popular bar.
Two people, according to Medic were hit with gunfire.
The CMPD said around 2am, a fight between two patrons happened at the El Paisano restaurant and bar.
An employee, believed to be the bouncer, tried to clear the place. When he and the two men involved in the scuffle made it outside, someone pulled a gun and opened fire.
The employee died in the parking lot. According to Medics, he was hit five or six times.
The employee was identified by police as 50-year-old Richard Snyder.
Police say his death marks the 21st homicide this year, compared to 14 this time last year.
"Whenever we see a gentleman of his age, just trying to make a living, getting killed senselessly in the street it doesn't make any sense at all, and that's why we take it so seriously, when we go out to a scene like that we stay on it and we stay on it until it's over," said Major Eddie Levins of the CMPD.
Another woman, who witnesses said was pregnant, was also struck. Officers believe she was hit either with a ricochet or by a bullet fragment.
"The patient was shot in the trunk of her body." said Medic operations supervisor Kenny Phillips.
She was taken to the hospital, but officials believe she'll recover.
The glass door was also shattered, giving investigators an idea how many times the gunman pulled the trigger.
A gun was spotted on the scene, but officers wouldn't make the connection between the weapon and the crime at this point.
The men involved fled the area. Police later identified one of the suspects as Habacu Rodriguez Lopez, 37.
Members of CMPD's Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT) located and arrested Lopez, and charged him with Murder and Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
The Chevy truck witnesses saw fleeing the scene has been recovered
When homicide detectives arrived to question witnesses, many could be seen lingering about trying to come to grips with what just happened.
Police are still asking anyone with information about this case to come forward.
If you have any information that could help investigators, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
Copyright 2012 - WBTV. All Rights Reserved.
Upcoming Events near East Charlotte
Most popular stories from nearby communities
- Public charter school celebrates expansion
- Matthews dentist to offer free dental care on Saturday
- Missing Matthews teen found safe, police say
- Charlotte home event, reflective of housing turnaround, sees record ticket sales
- Sportsplex ready for amateur tournaments and could put Matthews on the sports map
- MEDIC: Two injured in southeast Charlotte wreck
- Firefighters investigating house fire in Elizabeth neighborhood
- French government to honor 15 NC veterans in Charlotte today
- Charlotte woman turning to Internet for clues in home break-in
- Police looking for two men wanted in connection to South End car break-ins