Woman shot, killed after robbery at ATM in Charlotte’s University City area

It happened along a busy stretch of University City Boulevard near Old Concord Road.
A woman was shot and killed early Wednesday morning near an ATM in northeast Charlotte.
Published: Jul. 13, 2022 at 7:00 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 13, 2022 at 9:01 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – Charlotte Mecklenburg Police say a woman was robbed, shot and killed early Wednesday morning at an ATM in northeast Charlotte.

Police identified her as 48-year-old Karen Baker.

It happened along a busy stretch of University City Boulevard near Old Concord Road.

According to CMPD, officers were called shortly after 5:48 a.m. for an assault with a deadly weapon with injury. When they arrived, they found her with a gunshot wound.

Medic said she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her niece told WBTV that “she was an amazing woman, she inspired so many people and was a beautiful soul. She was the last person I know that deserved this. She would have given anyone the shirt off her back. And I’m sure she would have given the horrible person that shot her anything she had. Because her heart was pure gold! She was the most incredible person I knew.”

Business owners at the University Plaza shopping center said they are concerned about the safety of their employees.

“It’s just sad that something like that had to happen,” Larry Wright, the general manager of Asian Market told WBTV.

Wright said he is looking into ways to ensure his crew is safe when they come to work.

Karen Baker was killed while at an ATM on Wednesday morning.
Karen Baker was killed while at an ATM on Wednesday morning.(Family photo)

“I do worry about their safety,” he said. “I don’t know if we can take extra measures to see if we can have security on the premises on a regular basis, but it will definitely be addressed.”

The landlord of this shopping center tells WBTV they have a security guard working here a few times a week, but he was not there when this happened.

Former CMPD officer Charles Rhodes was picking up dry cleaning right across from the ATM just a few hours after the shooting.

He said he was saddened to hear what happened, but not shocked.

“It’s very disheartening to know that people can’t take care of their everyday tasks without being in danger of losing their life doing so,” Rhodes said.

CMPD Major Brian Foley feels that same frustration.

“It’s another senseless homicide and another loss of life in the Charlotte community and it’s greatly disturbing,” Major Foley said.

No arrests have been made in connection with this shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call (704) 432-TIPS and speak directly to a homicide unit detective.

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