CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have identified a young woman who was found shot to death inside of a vehicle Thursday morning in north Charlotte.
Khira Bernetta Denise Ruth McKinley, 23, was found inside her car at 8:42 a.m. Thursday, July 4 in the 7200 block of Oakwinds Court, police said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
“This morning I heard gunshots when I rolled over and then it kind of scared me but I didn’t think nothing of it. I thought it was people playing around with fireworks because it’s the fourth,” said 15-year old Jamilah Benton. Her twin sister Tamilah also heard the gunshots. When the girls woke up and looked outside their window they saw a crime scene.
“It’s terrifying for me to wake up out my sleep and look out my window and see a hundred million different police and it’s like oh my God what is going on?” said Tamilah.
Her sister echoing those thoughts, “It’s scary and terrifying for me to see a crime scene up close. So it’s like I’m kind of glad it wasn’t one of my family members but I’m also sad for the other family because they lost a family member on the 4th,” said Jamilah.
One neighbor who asked to remain anonymous said she’s lived in the neighborhood near Old Statesville Road for several years and said the community is typically quiet.
“It was very shocking to know that something like this has occurred especially in our neighborhood nothing like this ever happened before so this is very unsettling,” she said.
Police are investigating the death as a homicide and as of Thursday evening had not made any arrests. For some neighbors, the sight of police in the neighborhood put them on high alert. One telling FOX 46 the sound of fireworks won’t be the same.
“Every time somebody do fireworks I’ma think it’s gunshots," she said.
Anyone with information on this homicide is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.