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Police searching for suspects in fatal northwest Charlotte shooting

By Elisabeth Arriero
earriero@charlotteobserver.com

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A 43-year-old man was fatally shot early Sunday in a community off of Rozzelles Ferry Road and Charlotte Mecklenburg Police are still looking for a suspect

Police responded to an assault with a deadly weapon call for service about 4:45 a.m. Sunday in the 300 block of Lakewood Avenue, northwest of uptown Charlotte.

When they arrived, they found Cedric Lavar Miller suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Medic.

The investigation is still in its early stages.

Miller’s family declined to comment on his death.

At least three police cars lingered at the entrance of the neighborhood on Sunday afternoon. Otherwise, there were hardly any signs there had been a shooting less than 12 hours earlier. People walked up the street toward the convenience store on Rozzelles Ferry Road and parishioners prepared for a service at Faith Memorial Baptist Church on Lakewood Avenue.

Resident Rodney Barber said he was disheartened by the fatal shooting that occurred just down the street from his new home.

Barber said he moved to the community of mostly bungalow-style homes a couple of weeks ago in part to escape the violence he saw in his old neighborhood off of Tuckaseegee Road.

“Just to think something like that happened in my neighborhood - it really bothers me,” he said.

Resident Rachel Wright said it was “scary,” especially given the number of younger families who live in and around the community.

Miller had a criminal record dating back to 1989, including guilty convictions for robbery with a dangerous weapon in 1989 and possession with intent to sell or distribute cocaine in 1996. More recently, Miller was convicted of driving while impaired in 2001.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-8477 (TIPS) and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. Detective Burkard is the lead on the case. Residents can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Arriero: 704-358-5945; On Twitter: @earriero
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