Harrisburg man guns down two neighbors, kills self after standoff

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Posted: Saturday, March 30, 2013 4:45 am | Updated: 2:28 pm, Wed Apr 17, 2013.

HARRISBURG, N.C. — A man shot and killed two neighbors in a Harrisburg subdivision Friday afternoon before killing himself Friday night during a standoff with police.

Anthony Charles Hardy, 50, shot and killed two men in a neighbor's backyard on Coachman Court in the Windsor Forest subdivision off Tom Query Road in Harrisburg, according to the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office.

The dispute stemmed from a disagreement over removal of trees from Hardy's property, according to the Charlotte Observer. The victims reportedly were members of the neighborhood homeowners association.

When sheriff’s deputies and emergency personnel arrived at the scene, Hardy barricaded himself on the second floor of his home and fired at least one gunshot. Deputies took cover and were later able to make contact with Hardy by phone. The suspect turned the gun on himself after several hours of negotiations.

The victims were identified as Daniel Thomas Kirchner, 42, of 7791 Coach Court, Harrisburg; and Gary Wade Stocks, 65, of 7799 Coachman Court.

At 4 p.m. Friday, the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call from Lisa Kirchner to 7791 Coachman Court, according to a press release. She said a neighbor was firing shots at her husband and another neighbor in her backyard.

Deputies found two white male victims dead in the backyard of the house at 7791 Coachman Court. They believed the suspect had fled the area, but a few minutes later another gunshot rang out from the suspect’s house next door at 7795 Coachman Court.

Officers took cover and established a security perimeter around the suspect’s house. Authorities contacted Hardy by telephone and negotiated with the suspect for several hours before two more gunshots came from the house.

Special response teams from Cabarrus County and Kannapolis Police forced their way into the house and found Hardy dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Hardy was a licensed pharmacist who was president of Anthony C. Hardy Enterprises Pharmacist Staffing Solutions in Harrisburg, according to his Linkedin page. The business address listed is the same as Hardy's residence.

Hardy had approached Daniel Thomas Kirchner in Kirchner’s backyard just before the shooting, according to the sheriff’s office.

“This was a tragic and senseless shooting,” Cabarrus County Sheriff Brad Riley said in a release. “It is very sad to see innocent victim’s lives taken away. My heart goes out to the families involved, and we are very lucky that officers and others in the neighborhood were not seriously injured.”

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 704-920-3000.