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Shooters Kill Two Charlotte, N.C., Police Officers

Two Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers were gunned down Saturday night.

Details are sketchy, but authorities said the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers were on duty when they were shot to death Saturday night at an apartment complex in east Charlotte.

The shooters are still at large. Police are searching for at least two people thought to be involved in the shooting.

Officers Sean Clark, 34, and Jeff Shelton, 35, of the North Tryon Division were fatally wounded shortly after responding to a disturbance call at the Timber Ridge Apartments on at 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Authorities said the two struggled with the shooter in the parking lot, but never fired their weapons. They were rushed to Carolinas Medical Center shortly after 11 p.m.

"It's somber, it's heartbreaking; just makes you think, you know, hearing a call like that go over the air," said Officer Robert Fey when he arrived at the scene. "It makes your heart skip a beat."

Authorities said they have made no arrests and do not have a description of the suspect or suspects.

Police said Clark had been on the force just over a year. He was married and his wife is expecting their child. Shelter had been on the force for just over six years. He was also married.

The investigation is still ongoing. An extensive perimeter was up through the night and the police helicopter, police dogs and a Special Weapons and Tactics team responded to the scene.

Authorities closed several east Charlotte streets Saturday night and conducted car-by-car searches with their guns drawn for several hours.

One woman who lives in nearby apartments said her complex was locked down Saturday night and that no one could get in and no one could go out.

"What are we supposed to do? Stand out here all night?" asked Sharise Banks.

Banks said she thinks Charlotte needs to have a curfew to cut down on some of the crime.