BREAKING: Suspect description released in Brafford shooting

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) has released a suspect description in the shooting and attempted robbery of longtime Charlotte gay bar owner Greg Brafford.

Brafford, 58, was shot at least two times outside his home early on the morning of Aug. 21. Brafford is in stable condition. The suspect fled the scene.

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According to CMPD officials: “The suspect is a black male with shoulder length dreadlocks that is approximately 5’11” wearing a gray shirt, black shorts, and possibly a white shirt around his face.  The suspect fled on foot and possibly got into the passenger side of a dark color 4 door vehicle toward Marsh Road.”

Anyone with any information on the suspect or crime is asked to call Charlotte Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

CMPD said the shooting and attempted robbery is not being investigated as a hate crime. “It is being investigated as a possible robbery that went bad due to the victim also having a firearm,” said CMPD Detective David Haulsee.

Haulsee told qnotes that Brafford did not fire at the suspect and that the suspect was not injured. Additionally, it is “unknown at this time” whether Brafford knew the subject or had ever met him.

Brafford, who sometimes has a driver from his bar after it closes, was with another individual at the time of the shooting, Haulsee said.

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Asked if it was possible the suspect knew Brafford’s habits, Haulsee said, “Anything is possible but it is unknown at this time. Mr. Brafford was returning home from his bar.”

Brafford, who owns the Woodshed Lounge and has owned or managed gay bars in Charlotte since 1984, was approached by the suspect at approximately 2:53 a.m. on the morning of Aug. 21. The suspect fired multiple shots, hitting Brafford at least twice, with one round being fired at the front door of Brafford’s home in the Sedgefield neighborhood. Brafford’s partner was in the home at the time.

Brafford suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. He is in stable condition at a local hospital.

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Posted by Matt Comer

Matt Comer is a staff writer for QNotes. He previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015.