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Investigators in Cabarrus County say a 50-year-old man is accused of shooting and killing two of his neighbors after getting into a dispute with the men.
Deputies were called to a home off Coachman Court, in Harrisburg, on Friday afternoon to the report of shots fired.
When deputies arrived, they found the bodies of 42-year-old Daniel Thomas Kirchner and 64-year-old Gary Wade Stocks in the backyard of Kirchner's home.
Several minutes later, officers say a gunshot rang out from a nearby home.
Deputies immediately took cover and established a security perimeter around the home of 50-year-old Anthony Charles Hardy. According to investigators, Hardy barricaded himself inside the home.
After several hours of negotiations, deputies say they heard two more gunshots from inside the home.
The Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team, assisted by Kannapolis Special Response Team, entered the home and found Hardy's body inside. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Complete details have not been determined as to why the shooting occurred; however, it was reported that Hardy approached Kirchner in his backyard just before the shooting.
"This was a tragic and senseless shooting, " said Cabarrus County Sheriff Riley. "It is very sad to see innocent victim's lives taken away. My heart goes out to the families involved, and we are very lucky that officers and others in the neighborhood were not seriously injured."
If anyone has any further information, please contact the Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 704-920-3000.