Family mourns slain baseball player gunned down in west Charlotte

- The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is investigating after a man was shot and killed at the Arbor Glen Apartments Sunday afternoon in west Charlotte.

The man has been identified as Zachary Finch, 21. The family has been notified of his death. 

"He was basically in a pool of his own blood," Daisy Buckman said, who is an Arbor Glen tenant. 

"Like there was blood everywhere. It was blood everywhere," Shante Teasley said, who also lives at Arbor Glen. 

"In broad daylight, that's really disturbing. You know someone could have been out with their kids having a Father Day thing, walking the dog, cause bullets have no name," Verenon Jeffery said, who lives at Arbor Glen. 

At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 18, CMPD patrol officers responded to a call of 'shots fired' and simultaneously another call for a man found with a gunshot wound on Farmers Street.

Upon arrival, officers found Finch with an apparent gunshot wound lying in the front yard of an apartment. He was pronounced dead on scene by Medic. 

"This is just here...it's senseless crime," Jeffery said.

The gruesome scene is making many people living in the area rethink staying around any longer.

"It got me in a panic mode. I come out my house and now I have to look around when I take the trash out to make sure nobody is trying to do harm to me or my family," Jeffery said.  

Related: University of the Cumberlands mourns loss of Zachary Finch

Arbor Glen tenants said the neighborhood is usually fairly quiet but they've had some issues before. One person telling FOX 46 Charlotte, her daughter found a gun the park within the complex but never anything like the scene on Farmers Street on Sunday.

"It was very graphic," Buckman said.

"Gruesome," Teasley said.

"Whatever the situation was, it wasn't worth it to take an innocent person's life on Father's Day," Jeffery said.

This deadly shooting marks Charlotte's 43rd homicide of 2017. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-tips and speak directly to a homicide unit detective. The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. You can remain anonymous. 

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family. 

 

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