CHARLOTTE -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police arrested a west Charlotte man, accused of killing his girlfriend Wednesday, then committing other crimes miles away from the initial crime scene.
Investigators said Jamarr Springs, 28, shot and killed Pamela Garmon at his Summerour Place home.
According to police, Springs then headed to Northlake Mall and carjacked someone at gunpoint, forcing the driver to get out of the car and the passenger to stay inside. He then drove north with that person in the vehicle to the area of Sam Furr Road and Statesville Road in Huntersville, where he eventually gave up.
"We did not see this coming. We would never have thought in a million years that Pam would be gone," said Semika Garmon, the victim's cousin.
Neighbors in the west Charlotte community reported hearing arguing coming from Springs' house, then gunshots.
"Me and the lady that lives across the street, we went down there and kicked the door in to see if we could help her," said Erica Easterling, who lives a few houses away from Springs' home. "[There] wasn't nothing we could do."
In photographs on Springs' Facebook page, he and Garmon, 28, are seen smiling. Family and friends said that was typical of the couple and it's what makes the ordeal even more shocking.
"We're all going through this pain together and now we just got to stick together," Semika Garmon said.
Police said the passenger Springs forced to stay in the vehicle he carjacked was released unharmed. Springs faces a number of charges, including first degree murder, armed robbery and first degree kidnapping.
According to the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, this is eighth domestic violence-related death in Mecklenburg County in 2010, the most in North Carolina.