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Three dead after south Charlotte murder-suicide, police say

At the time of the shooting, CMPD had warrants charging John Bocek with robbery and assault with a deadly weapon in connection with a crime at the same address.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Three people have died following a fatal shooting at a home in south Charlotte early Sunday morning, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said. 

CMPD was called to a home in the 11400 block of Glen Abbey Way near Providence Country Club around 4 a.m. Sunday. When officers got to the home, they found 51-year-old Matthew Allen Chaplin and 15-year-old Jenna Hewitt dead after being shot. Police report the suspect, 23-year-old John Bocek died on Sunday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

Listen to the 911 audio call below: 

According to police, Bocek forced his way into a home through a back door on Sunday when he fatally shot Chaplin and his daughter's 15-year-old friend. 

Police said the 16-year-old daughter, who was not shot, was able to run to a neighbor's home to call 911.

At the time of the shooting, CMPD had warrants charging Bocek with robbery and assault with a deadly weapon in connection with a crime that occurred at this same address last week. 

Police said in the earlier incident, Bocek was accused of physically assaulting the 16-year-old and then taking her telephone. Officers had been unable to locate Bocek to serve the warrants in that case.

Chaplin's daughter knew Bocek, according to police. At this time, CMPD is not releasing further information about the relationships between the suspect and victims, as they are still working on the case. 

Police were not able to release if the 15-year-old friend who was shot and killed knew Bocek.

A parent with a child at Ardrey Kell High School contacted NBC Charlotte after the school's principal left a voicemail saying in part, "Over the coming days, you may see media reports about an off-campus event that happened last night and involved members of our school community and led to the tragic loss of lives." 

The message went on to say additional counselors and support will be available in the coming days at the school. 

This is an ongoing, active investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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