The July 4th Massacre
Referred to as the worst mass murder in Charlotte history, four members of the Charlotte chapter of the Outlaws motorcycle gang and a visiting friend were gunned down on July 4, 1979.
The dead were four men and one woman. All had been shot multiple times, and one body had been mutilated.
Inside the Outlaws club house, police found four people dead, stitched with bullets. A teen-age girl sprawled on a couch, her head resting on the shoulder of a gang member. There was no sign of a struggle, with the four victims shot “execution style” face down, while another, apparently a prospective member of the club, was slain outside near the porch with a shot gun found nearby.
According to police reports, two suspects wielding a 9mm pistol and a 223 semiautomatic rifle fired approximately 40 shots at the gang’s clubhouse.
No suspects have ever been arrested and the crime remains the worst single event massacre in the history of the city. Detectives say they can’t do much without witnesses stepping forward or additional evidence turning up. The case is unsolved and is still considered an open investigation by the Charlotte Police Department.