4 homicides, 5 dead after violent 24 hours in Charlotte
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4 homicides, 5 dead after violent 24 hours in Charlotte

Jesse Ullmann and Abby Mittower

16 hours ago

CHARLOTTE (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — Five people are dead, and four separate homicide investigations have been launched after a string of shootings marking a violent 24 hours around Charlotte.

The first reported homicide investigation took place around 5 am on Monday near Rea Road. The victim in that case has been identified as 36-year-old Derrick Byas. A suspect has not been identified.

Another homicide investigation took place at an apartment complex Monday around 5:30 p.m. on Cinnabay Drive in north Charlotte. Police say an argument led up to the fatal incident.

CMPD identified the victim Tuesday as 37-year-old Daniel Gomez. An arrest has been made in this case. Luis Gonzalez, 62, has been charged with voluntary manslaughter, CMPD announced.

4 homicides, 5 dead after violent 24 hours in Charlotte
Luis Gonzalez, Mecklenburg County Jail

Also overnight, a death investigation took place outside the Wyndham Garden Hotel in south Charlotte. Another homicide took place in west Charlotte Monday night on Parker Drive after a quadruple shooting around 9 pm on Parker Drive. Lamarcus Jackson, 29, was killed in the shooting and three other victims, including a 17-year-old, have non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Authorities believe the quadruple shooting happened during an argument over a drug-related transaction between two people who knew each other. Investigators are still working out the exact circumstances.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police responded to the latest homicide investigation around 1 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, near 3800 Statesville Avenue in north Charlotte. Police say this was just the start of a shooting spree by the same suspect.

One person was shot while driving down Statesville Avenue, police say. Officers found the victim inside the vehicle, suffering from gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Detectives believe 4 more shootings between 1 am and 1:30 am are linked. Shortly after the homicide, a cyclist at Lasalle Street and Newland Road was reported to have been shot at, but not hit by, the gunfire.

Another person said his vehicle was shot while driving on LaSalle Street near I-77. This person was also uninjured.

A group of people in the 2100 block of Catherine Simmons Avenue say they were shot at. One person in a home behind the group was shot inside the home, but has non-life-threatening injuries.

Lastly, a cyclist in the 100 block of Hillary Circle in CMPD’s Steele Creek Division was shot and also suffered non-life-threatening injuries. A nearby house in the 100 block of Kingsford Drive was struck by gunfire, but no one was injured.

On Tuesday evening, a fifth homicide was announced after someone was brought to Atrium Health University City on North Tryon Street and later died.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in any of these cases. Tips are anonymous.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. If you live in the area and you were shot at and your property hit by gunfire, call 911.

You can also call 704-432-TIPS to speak with a Homicide detective.

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