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15-year-old among 2 dead in triple shooting at home near Providence Country Club

CMPD updates information on double homicide in south Charlotte

CMPD Maj. Cam Selvey talks about the circumstances of a double homicide in south Charlotte on Sunday committed by John James Bocek, before turning the gun on himself.
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CMPD Maj. Cam Selvey talks about the circumstances of a double homicide in south Charlotte on Sunday committed by John James Bocek, before turning the gun on himself.

Three people were found shot in a home near south Charlotte’s Providence Country Club and two have died, says Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

Police said they are not searching for any additional suspects in the triple shooting.

Fifty-one-year-old Matthew Allen Chaplin and 15-year-old Jenna Elizabeth Hewitt were found dead at the home, police said. The third person found at the scene was taken to a hospital where he died Sunday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said police.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police identified him as John James Bocek, 23, and said he is the suspect in the killings. Police say he knew a 16-year-old girl who lives in the home.

It happened in the 11400 block of Glen Abbey Way, which is in the Providence Country Club community off Providence Road near Ardrey Kell Road.

David Switzer calls Ardrey Kell parents about a tragic loss concerning members of the high school community.

Investigators say they were called at 3:53 a.m. Sunday about an assault with a deadly weapon in the neighborhood.

“Upon their arrival, officers located a male and female inside of the residence with apparent gunshot wounds,” according to a release.

“They were both pronounced deceased on scene by Medic....A third person was located with a gunshot wound and was transported by Medic with life-threatening injuries.”

Homicide Detectives were canvassing the neighborhood early Sunday in search of any witnesses, according to a release.

“At this time, detectives are not looking for any additional suspects,” said a statement released by police. “This is an ongoing, active investigation.”

WSOC is reporting Ardrey Kell High School intends to make counselors and other support available to students on Monday. The school did not confirm the 15-year-old was a student, but said the incident off campus “involved members of our school community.”

Anyone with information for police should call call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com.

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Mark Price has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1991, covering beats including schools, crime, immigration, the LGBTQ issues, homelessness and nonprofits. He graduated from the University of Memphis with majors in journalism and art history, and a minor in geology.


Jane Wester is a Charlotte native and has been covering criminal justice and public safety for The Charlotte Observer since May 2017.


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