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Police charge man with murder after shooting outside club

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have arrested a man accused of fatally shooting another man during an altercation outside a Latin dance club in southeast Charlotte two weeks ago.

Cesar Enrique Garcia Perez, 33, is charged with murder in connection with the shooting of Alejandro Sebastian Alvarez, 22.

Police were called to the Skandalo’s club, located at 5317 E. Independence Blvd., around 2:05 a.m. on June 23 in reference to an assault with a deadly weapon.

When officers arrived they found Alvarez laying in the club’s parking lot and suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Police believe some type of altercation happened in the parking lot between several people, which led to the shooting.

Detectives initially said they were looking for a dark-colored Honda vehicle in connection to the shooting. Over the last two weeks, according a police statement, detectives developed information that identified Garcia as a suspect.

Officers with the gang unit and the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement located Garcia on Monday and, after an interview, charged him with murder.

He was in Mecklenburg jail on Tuesday night with no bond. Immigration officials have also placed a hold on him because they suspect he is in the country illegally.

He’s scheduled to make his first court appearance on Wednesday afternoon.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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