It happened in an affluent neighborhood of Charlotte, NC.
Anthony Charles Hardy opened fire on his neighbors Daniel Thomas Kirchner, 42, and Gary Wade Stocks, 64, in the backyard of Kirchner’s home, in front of Kirchner’s wife and two young daughters and then later shot himself dead following a standoff with Cabarrus County SWAT team members outside his own home.
Despite being described as a ‘gentle spirit’ by those who knew him, Hardy, who lived alone, had a history of aggressive behavior towards his neighbors and spent one year on probation for assaulting one resident prior to Kirchner or Stocks taking up residence…
Immediately after shooting his neighbors, Hardy ran to his own house and holed himself up there for over six hours, exchanging fire with SWAT officers at least twice, before shooting himself dead.
During the terrifying stand-off, the residents of Coachman Court, in the neighborhood of Windsor Forest, cowered in their homes as police units in tactical gear attempted to negotiate with Hardy while paramedics tried in vain to rescue Kirchner and Stocks.