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1 dead in shooting on Beatties Ford Road

The brother-in-law of Columbia, S.C., Mayor Steve Benjamin was shot and killed Friday afternoon in Charlotte, a spokesman for the Columbia mayor said.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said a man was shot and killed Friday in the 2100 block of Beatties Ford Road near LaSalle Street in northwest Charlotte. They have not disclosed the name of the victim.

The preliminary investigation indicates the shooting wasn’t a random act of violence, as the shooter and the victim appear to have known each other, police said.

Medic pronounced the victim dead at the scene, police said. The mayor’s spokesman said the victim was Donald Gist.

The shooting happened about 1:15 p.m., and outbound Beatties Ford Road at LaSalle Street was temporarily closed, police said.

Police canvased the area looking for witnesses.

It’s not clear why Gist was in Charlotte. The mayor’s spokesman said his office planned to release a statement Friday night.

Anyone with information is asked to call 704-432-8477 and speak directly to a homicide unit detective, or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

The (Columbia) State contributed.

Marusak: 704-358-5067; Twitter: @jmarusak
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