A Charlotte teen who was shot Monday while traveling in a car has died of his injuries, authorities said Thursday.
Homicide detectives said Dionte’ Hunter, 17, died Wednesday.
A suspect in his death, Steven Black, will be charged with murder, said a statement from Charlotte Mecklenburg Police. Black will be served the warrant at the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, where he was being held on a charge of attempted murder.
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The shooting occurred Monday at 11:15 p.m on Glendora Drive, near Monroe Road. On arrival, officers found the 17-year-old victim inside a vehicle on Monroe Road. Medic took the victim to Carolina Medical Center-Main.
Hunter is Charlotte's third-youngest homicide victim this year, records show. In January, a 3-month-old baby died of neglect and a 14-year-old died after being shot.
Investigators said Hunter was driving with a female passenger to meet someone in the 500 block of McMullen Way in southeast Charlotte when someone shot into their vehicle. At least one bullet hit the teen, but he managed to drive onto nearby Monroe Road before the vehicle stopped, police said. His female passenger was unhurt.
The passenger told police she saw at least one person run from the scene
Information and evidence gathered during the course of this investigation led detectives in Black as a suspect, and he was arrested without incident on Wednesday, officials said.
N.C. court records show Black has been arrested three times for possession of marijuana since 2014, one of which resulted in a conviction in 2016.
There now have been 53 homicides in Charlotte this year, putting Charlotte on pace for about 93. Last year, 67 people were the victims of homicides — the highest number since 2008, police data show.
Hunter is among more than a dozen victims killed in east Charlotte, many between Monroe Road and W.T. Harris Boulevard. Nearly all were killed by gunfire, data show.
Use the map below to view Charlotte’s homicides this year.