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Gastonia man accused of killing woman Friday night

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A 33-year-old woman is dead and a 22-year-old man faces a first-degree murder charge after a shooting inside a Gastonia home Friday night.

Gastonia Police were called to the 3100 block of Spring Valley Drive, near Shannon Bradley Road at 9:36 p.m. in regard to a shooting.

When police arrived they found 33-year-old Megan Michelle Tate, of 1100 Newcastle Road, Gastonia, deceased at the scene.

Gastonia Police charged Shiquan Eleek Ratchford, 22, of 1721 Broadcast St., with first-degree murder, assault by pointing a gun and felon in possession of a handgun. Police arrested Ratchford on the 3100 block of Crescent Lane.


A 22-year-old woman was also present, but apparently was not injured.

Check back for updates to this developing story.

GPD has a male in custody and there is no danger to the public.


Updates will be provided in the comments section below as information is confirmed.

The initial call for a shooting was received at 9:36 p.m.

This article originally appeared on The Gaston Gazette: Gastonia man accused of killing woman Friday night

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