The family of the man who was fatally shot Wednesday afternoon in Concord said the victim, Alberto Martinez Trouch, died because he tried to help a stranger.
Concord police continue to search for witnesses and had no new information to release early Thursday evening.
Trouch, 31, was shot just before 2 p.m. Wednesday while he was a passenger in the car with his wife at Malvern Drive at Lincoln Street, police said.
Trouch’s wife drove him immediately to police headquarters on Cabarrus Avenue for help, and officials said she was not hurt.
In a video interview with WCNC, the family said Trouch and his wife were on their way to the grocery store in preparation for Thanksgiving.
A group of five men flagged the couple down and said they needed to use a cellphone, according to WCNC.
“My husband said, ‘Let’s see what they need,’ so I pulled over,” Trouch’s wife told the news station.
One of the men in the group opened the passenger door and demanded money, she told WCNC. She tried to give the suspect some cash, but he shot Trouch in the chest.
Trouch’s wife told WCNC that she drove to the police station because it was closer than the nearest hospital.
Trouch remained in the passenger seat while his wife went inside for help, but he was unresponsive by the time she returned, police said. Efforts by officers, paramedics and emergency personnel to save Trouch were unsuccessful.
It was not immediately clear how many times Trouch was shot, though WCNC reported that he was shot twice.
Anyone with information about this case should contact Concord police: 704-920-5000.