Woman gunned down in W. Charlotte was visiting sister after years apart

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Police have arrested and charged 70-year-old Joe Maddox in the murder of Diane Burns on Seymour Drive in West Charlotte, Saturday night. Before she was shot,  Burns' sister said the two were putting in quality time this weekend after spending years apart.

"We were going to do things for my birthday, have a nice Easter dinner and spend time together and see what would happen from there," said Regina Wooten, who said the two sisters had a falling out a few years back.

Wooten said Maddox came to her house asking for Burns with a beer in his hand and a gun.

"My sister told him to go back to his house," said Wooten. "Then she got dressed to go to the bus stop to get us two bus passes and she was gunned down."

After neighbors reported hearing gunfire, Police found Burns, 51, shot in the road in front of a home around 1:30 p.m.

"She got shot in the neck," described Ronnie Greene, who lives nearby. "I think she got hit twice and that was about it."

And Greene wasn't the only neighbor who heard the shots.

Neighbor Sheila Bennett said she along with many other people who witnessed the shooting immediately dialed 911.

Police surrounded the home of Maddox, who they say barricaded himself inside. In the meantime, Burns was taken to Carolinas Medical Center where she was pronounced dead from her injuries.

"I just freaked out," said Wooten after hearing the news. "Totally freaked out."

The CMPD SWAT team was called in to help capture, however, Maddox surrendered and police arrested him on scene less than two hours later.

Maddox has been charged with murder in connection to the fatal shooting of Burns, according to authorities.

Police said the shooting is not a random act of violence and Burns and Maddox knew each other prior to the incident.

Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.

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