,000 reward offered: 4 homicides, 5 dead after 24 hours of violence in Charlotte
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$10,000 reward offered: 4 homicides, 5 dead after 24 hours of violence in Charlotte

Jesse Ullmann, Abby Mittower and Savannah Rudicel

16 hours ago

CHARLOTTE (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — Five people are dead and four separate homicide investigations have been opened after a series of shootings that marked a 24-hour period of violence around Charlotte.

The first reported homicide investigation took place around 5 a.m. Monday near Rea Road. The victim in that case was identified as 36-year-old Derrick Byas. No suspects have been identified.

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

Police identified the victim Tuesday as Daniel Gomez, 37. An arrest has been made in the case. Luis Gonzalez, 62, has been charged with voluntary manslaughter, police said.

,000 reward offered: 4 homicides, 5 dead after 24 hours of violence in Charlotte
Luis Gonzalez, Mecklenburg County Jail

Also during the night, 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 shot Around 9 p.m. on Parker Drive. Lamarcus Jackson, 29, was killed in the shooting and three other victims, including a 17-year-old, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Authorities believe the quadruple shooting occurred during an argument over a drug deal between two people who knew each other. Investigators have not yet determined the exact circumstances of the incident.

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 beginning of a shooting by the same suspect.

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

Investigators believe four other shootings that occurred between 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. are related. Shortly after the homicide, a cyclist at the corner of Lasalle Street and Newland Road reported being shot at but not hit by the gunfire.

Photo: CMPD

Another person said his vehicle was hit by bullets while driving on LaSalle Street near I-77. That person was also uninjured.

A group of people living in the 2100 block of Catherine Simmons Avenue reported being shot at. A person in a home behind the group was shot inside the home, but his injuries are not life-threatening.

Finally, a bicyclist in the 100 block of Hilary Circle in CMPD’s Steele Creek Division was shot and wounded in a non-life-threatening manner. A nearby home in the 100 block of Kingsford Drive was struck by gunfire, but no one was injured.

Tuesday evening, a fifth homicide was announced after a person was taken 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 have been shot at or your property has been hit by gunfire, call 911.

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