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Police: Drugs behind west Charlotte shooting death

Detectives say they believe a drug deal was behind the fatal shooting of a man late Tuesday night in west Charlotte’s Ashley Park neighborhood.

The shooting was reported shortly before 11:45 p.m. in the 2500 block of Marlowe Avenue, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

Officers arrived to find a man dead of a gunshot wound. The victim was identified as Roy Bethea Jr., 32.

Police say that address has been the target of several drug investigations, and detectives believe drug activity led to the violence Tuesday night. Investigators spent several hours looking for witnesses in the area.

Anyone with information in the shooting is asked to call detectives at 704-432-TIPS, or leave information with Crime Stoppers, 704-334-1600.

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