Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have identified a suspect in the shooting death Friday of a man on Beatties Ford Road who was the Columbia mayor’s brother-in-law.
Authorities are asking the public’s help in locating Arthur Givens, 40, of Charlotte, who is wanted for the death of Donald Everett Gist, the brother-in-law of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin.
Gist, 38, was shot and killed Friday afternoon in the 2100 block of Beatties Ford Road near LaSalle Street in northwest Charlotte.
Police said the preliminary investigation indicates the shooting wasn’t random, as the assailant and the victim appear to have known each other.
It’s not clear why Gist was in Charlotte. Police have not said where he was from, but a public records search shows his most recent address was in Columbia.
Records show that in the late 1990s Givens served about three years in a North Carolina federal prison for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
Benjamin was in Aspen, Colo., for a leadership conference and was expected home Saturday, said his aide, Michael Wukela. Benjamin was not immediately available for comment.
The mayor’s family issued a statement Friday saying they were shocked and saddened by the news and thanking people for their support and prayers.
“We will remember Donald as he was: a loving husband, father, son and brother. He is survived his wife, son, sister and a host of loving relatives,” the release states.
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.
(Updated at 2 p.m. Dec. 10 to correct background information on Donald Gist.)
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