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Police identify two slain in Hidden Valley drive-by

By Elisabeth Arriero
earriero@charlotteobserver.com

Police have identified the man killed during a drive-by shooting Thursday afternoon as well as a second victim who died Friday from his injuries.

Inna Xiomara Gonzalez, 21, was killed in the 1 p.m. shootings on Reagan Drive in the Hidden Valley neighborhood, which is located near Interstate 85 and University City Boulevard.

Davion Najee Funderburk, 22, was injured during the shooting and taken to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment of life-threatening injuries. At 12:45 p.m. Friday, Funderburk died.

Two others were injured during the shooting, which caused the lockdown of a northern Charlotte elementary school. Those victims were transported to local hospitals Thursday by civilians and had injuries that were not life-threatening.

No one had been arrested in connection with the shootings as of Friday night. Police haven’t released a description of the suspect.

The victims were inside a car on Reagan Drive when another vehicle pulled up beside them and someone inside opened fire, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Capt. Rob Dance, who heads the North Tryon Division, where the shootings happened.

Police had not released the identities of the victims late Thursday because their families had not been notified.

Investigators also received information that the suspect’s vehicle may have been seen close to Hidden Valley Elementary School, which was placed on lockdown for about an hour as a precaution. No one inside the school was injured.

Thursday’s shooting incident was the second time in less than a month that the elementary school has been locked down because of violence.

On June 17, shots were fired in the school’s parking lot after an undercover police officer and a confidential informant bought drugs from two suspects – part of what CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe called a larger operation in the neighborhood.

Police say the drug dealers shot and tried to rob the informant. Then officers returned fire, killing one of the suspects. Officers arrested the other suspect.

Arriero: 704-804-2637On Twitter: @earriero
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