Elderly man robbed, shot to death Friday morning

Published 3:51 pm Friday, May 5, 2017

Family members and neighbors gathered in the front yard of a Tremont Street home Friday where a 62-year-old Selma man was robbed and shot to death just hours earlier.

Morris Sanders said his brother, Charlie Sanders, was found shot to death in his driveway on the 1600 block of Tremont Street.

As he stood in his brother’s front yard, there was a constant flow of traffic on the narrow street. Some people pulled off and got out to share their condolences, and others waved a hand.

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“He was loving. The stuff you hear people say that’s always good about somebody, that’s the way he was. He was just unspeakable good,” Morris said. “When you have somebody like that, that’s why you see so much traffic. He knew everybody.”

According to Sgt. Jeffery Hardy with the Selma Police Department, a neighbor notified the authorities between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. Hardy said the neighbor found Charlie lying in his driveway with a gunshot wound to the head and his car door open. Hardy said it appeared Charlie was leaving home to go to work.

Hardy said there were no suspects in the case Friday morning, but the department is investigating the city’s third homicide of the year and trying to track down leads.

“Whoever did this … that person is going to think about it,” Morris said. “That person is going to regret that. They’re not going to sleep right because they’re going to be sitting on the church pew, and the preacher is going to start preaching about my brother.”

“He was dedicated to family, to his job, to the community,” said Charlie’s niece Tracy Sanders. “It’s not boasting him up because of the incident, but it’s the person he was. There’s another fallen angel. I just pray for the person, whoever did it, will see what type of person [Charlie] was.”

Carolyn Robinson, who said she grew up with Charlie, stood across the street looking on as cars passed by.

“Just for something like this to happen, it hurts. There’s no way to explain it. I just don’t understand people that can do things like this,” she said. “Something more has got to be done for this community because it’s getting to where you’re afraid to go out.”

“Lump,” as she called him, was like a part of her family.

“My husband and him were like brothers. He lived up the street from us. He used to cut Lump’s and his brothers’ hair,“ she said. “He always lived in the same neighborhood, and he was just like a brother to my husband.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-442-7463, the SPD Criminal Investigation Division at (334) 874-2125 or the secret witness line at (334) 874-2190.