Selma man robbed, fatally shot in driveway on his way to work

Published: May. 8, 2017 at 5:53 PM CDT|Updated: May. 8, 2017 at 10:43 PM CDT
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The victim, Charlie Sanders (Courtesy: Sanders Family)
The victim, Charlie Sanders (Courtesy: Sanders Family)
The house where Charlie Sanders was robbed and killed. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
The house where Charlie Sanders was robbed and killed. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Charlie Sanders' body was found by his vehicle in the driveway of his Selma home. (Source: WSFA...
Charlie Sanders' body was found by his vehicle in the driveway of his Selma home. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News)

SELMA, AL (WSFA) - The search is on for a killer in Selma after a 62-year-old man was gunned down in his driveway and robbed.

The victim was on his way to work when he had the deadly encounter with a gunman right outside his home.

Family members hope the crime is weighing heavily on whoever did it or knows something about it.

For Morris Sanders, it's so painful to look down at the spot where his brother, Charlie, lost his life.

"There's people out there doing senseless things that need to be stopped," he said Monday.

The Sanders family is speaking out about the killing, because they want the case closed as soon as possible.

What started out as a routine morning for Charlie Sanders Friday took a scary and fatal turn as he left his home in the 1600 block of Tremont Street in Selma around 5:30 a.m. Friday and walked out to his car. He was due in at work at 6 a.m.

"He worked for American Apparel. We're assuming someone came from the back side of his house and gave him a gunshot wound to the head," Morris Sanders said.

Neighbors saw him down on the ground next to his car and called police. Sanders was pronounced dead at the scene.

Selma police say Sanders was robbed. His wallet was taken. The breakfast and lunch he had packed for work found on the ground beside him, along with his keys, umbrella and a fully loaded pistol in its holster, according to police reports.

The neighbor who called police said he didn't hear anything outside at the time of the shooting. Another neighbor said he heard a gunshot, possibly two, but didn't go outside to see where it came from.

"He does have some personal property that was missing. It seems as though he was leaving home, probably going to work. He had some work items in his hands that we did recover from the ground," said Lt. Tory Neely with the Selma Police Department. "We're currently still canvassing the area for additional leads."

Charlie Sanders was well-known and well liked in Selma, a deacon in his church and a hard-working family man. He was born and raised in Selma and lived there all his life.

"He was close to the church. He would travel around to many different churches and that's something that he loved very much," his brother said. "He also really loved his job. A lot of people loved my brother."

Charlie Sanders' family thanked his close friends and coworkers for their support during this difficult time. Relatives said someone even stopped by to cut the grass at his house as a kind gesture. They are in the process of making funeral arrangements and assisting the Selma Police Department in any way they can during the course of the investigation.

"I don't want this to happen to anyone else. This shouldn't have happened to my brother. I think that the person that did it, from the outpouring from the public, that they're seeing that people really cared about my brother," Morris Sanders said.

"I think that's going to stick with this person in their mind and in their heart and they're going to give themselves up or some wonderful person is going to give us some good information. I wish someone would please come forward and say what they know that would help us solve this murder," he stated.

Anyone with information is asked to call Selma/Dallas County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-442-7463 or the Secret Witness Line at (334) 874-2190.

Sander's death marks the third homicide in Selma in 2017.  On January 14, police found 23-year-old Nick Bell shot to death in a car  on Alabama Avenue behind Old Live Oak Cemetery. Then, last week, Edree Williams was arrested and charged with one court of murder and one count of attempted murder stemming from a shooting on April 14, 2017, in the 300 block of South Avenue that left one person dead and two people injured.

"This time last year, we had much more violent crimes that were reported and homicides. This year, we have been more fortunate that those numbers have decreased. We do still have a problem with gun violence in Selma. We are combating that problem with a special team of officers that we have put together. In addition to that, we've been getting assistance from different outside agencies," Lt. Neely said.

He asked that anyone with information on the Sanders case come forward.

"We are determined, with this homicide or any other homicide or any other violent crime that we have, to get these people off the street that are committing these types of crimes in Selma," Neely added.

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