Woman charged with murder in fatal east Charlotte shooting

Woman charged with murder in fatal east Charlotte shooting
Kristian Nicole Weddington (Mecklenburg County Jail)
Kristian Nicole Weddington (Mecklenburg County Jail)
(Dwayne McFalls/WBTV)
(Dwayne McFalls/WBTV)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A 23-year-old woman has been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of Tommy Jarad Maddox and police say others, who they believe are involved, are still at large.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Kristian Nicole Weddington was charged with murder and shooting into an occupied property. Police say 24-year-old Maddox was shot and killed in the 5300 block of Kimmerly Woods Drive in east Charlotte around 12 p.m. July 2.

The shooting occurred at the Kimmerly Woods apartment complex. Officers said they found Maddox lying in front of an apartment building with a gunshot wound to the head.

Police said an argument lead to the shooting. A witness said the fight involved a man and his girlfriend.  Hours after the argument - while Maddox and his friend were outside - neighbors say a car drove by and someone inside started shooting.

A bullet hit the windshield of Maddox's friend's vehicle and there are bullet holes in the columns outside the unit. Windows in the townhouse next door were shot and another unit has three bullet holes.

Maddox was the only person wounded. Police say MEDIC rushed him to the hospital where he later died.

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"Good dude," a friend described Maddox. "All he want to do is help his family, better himself for his kids. That's the only reason he came out here – get away from all the gang activity and stuff. He was trying to better himself."

The friend, who doesn't want his name used, says Maddox moved to Charlotte from Syracuse a couple of years ago and was staying with that friend and his mother.

"He didn't want to hurt nobody," says his friend, who was there with Maddox when the shots were fired. "That wasn't meant for him. He had nothing to do with the situation. Tommy was a good man."

Maddox's friend says he doesn't want to talk about what happened.

"It all happened so fast. I don't even know what to tell you," the friend told WBTV. "It was out here, standing outside on the porch. He was with me. I was standing on the porch with him."

Weddington was placed in the Mecklenburg County Jail Wednesday.

Officers released this statement Wednesday:

"Detectives believe that there are additional suspects in this case and are asking for the public's assistance to provide information that would assist them in this investigation."

If you have any information about this shooting, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers 704-334-1600.

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