Deadly Spartanburg shooting leaves family seeking answers


SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – An Upstate widow is looking for answers after her husband was killed in a drive by shooting.

Spartanburg police say Charles Wilburn, 53, was fatally shot Monday night on Anita Drive.

“Everybody loved him,” said Amy Wilburn Stephens. “Everybody knows him. Everybody knows the person that he was.”

She said they’ve been together since 1995, and Wilburn leaves behind children and grandchildren.

“It’s him always trying to keep the peace,” she said.

When he wasn’t home Monday night, she went looking for him and his red moped and found the crime scene on Anita Drive.

“I seen blue lights, and I seen it roped off and when I’d seen all that I jumped out the car I said what’s going on? Is this a wreck?” she recalled. “When the lady came and told me it was him I just got weak.”

Spartanburg police say Wilburn was shot several times while riding his moped.

“Watching TV and we heard some gunshots,” said Melissa West who lives near the scene of the crime and describes the neighborhood as quiet. “Pretty scared about what’s going on and that there hasn’t been any arrests.”

Spartanburg police say they’re following up on every lead.

“As we get information in we follow up on those leads,” said Major Art Littlejohn. “We’re still trying to talk with witnesses, family members, anyone who might have information. At this point we haven’t named any suspects. We’re still looking for information.”

He said investigators have information that a sedan was involved in the shooting.

“It’s either a cream colored sedan, someone actually gave us a silver sedan, and there was one witness that mentioned a maroon vehicle,” said Major Littlejohn.

Police are asking people to help find whoever killed Wilburn who’s nickname is “Block.”

His wife says he was the life of every party.

“He’s got this swag about himself,” she said. “His clothes are going to be neat.”

A wreath hangs on the couple’s barbershop and nail salon off South Church Street

“He’s a barber instructor – not just a barber,” she said. “Who would want to do this to him?”

People can share information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC, or the Spartanburg Police Department at 864-596-2065.

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