Gastonia Police are investigating a homicide that occurred Monday, at about 12:24 a.m. in the 1200 block of Balthis Drive.
The victim was identified as Richard Nathaniel Abernathy, 20. He was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.
The Observer’s news partner WBTV reported Monday that three people have been arrested and a fourth person is being sought in the case. It identified the arrested suspects as: Dawan Altarqi Myers, 20, Jahqualyn Travis Leonray, 18, and Jonqae Delshun Griggs, 19, each charged with first-degree murder. The fourth suspect was identified by WBTV as 19-year-old Kevin Davon Goodwin.
Details of how the victim was killed have not been released. However, Charlotte TV station WSOC said Abernathy was shot in the face while sitting in a car.
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An update will be sent out later today with any new information, the department said in a statement.