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Man charged with fatally shooting uncle outside Fayetteville home following fight

Posted January 17, 2019 5:49 p.m. EST
Updated January 18, 2019 6:27 p.m. EST

— One day after the daughters of a Fayetteville man shot dead in front of his home called for justice, a man has been charged with voluntary manslaughter in connection with the case.

According to police, Joseph Gore's nephew, Antwon Carlisle, surrendered on Wednesday night and was released on a $20,000 unsecured bond.

He was initially charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. On Friday, police announced he would face an additional charge of voluntary manslaughter.

Gore's daughters, Ciara Butler and Aaliyah Gore, are devastated at the loss of their father.

"He was a playful person, and his smile, it just lit up every room," Aaliyah Gore said.

The women said they had just returned from burying their grandfather last week when their father and Carlisle got into an argument in the yard of Joseph Gore’s home on Mesa Drive.

"My dad, like, he hit him. He hit him about three or four times, and after he did that, he stopped and then he backed up. And that's when [Carlisle] pulled out the gun, and he just shot him," Butler said.

Carlisle claimed self-defense, but left the scene before police arrived. Fayetteville police spokesman Lt. Shawn Strepay said Thursday that the claim of self-defense meant police needed to look closely at the circumstances surrounding the shooting before pressing further charges.

Carlisle has failed to appear in court on other charges seven times since 2005. He's has previously been convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

District Attorney Billy West said he was surprised Carlisle showed up for court on Thursday.

"Being that he has several failures to appear and a lengthy criminal record, I was somewhat surprised that he showed up," West said. "But he did, and I felt like we had to address the bond because of his prior history."

While his daughters admit Joseph Gore punched his nephew in the front yard, they don't feel it was enough to justify the use of deadly force.

"That gun was powerful," Aaliyah Gore said. "You meant to murder him because you shot him over and over and over."

Carlisle remains in the Cumberland County Detention Center, where he is being held without bond.