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Man dead after shooter fires into home north of uptown early Wednesday

One dead in north Charlotte shooting

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were called to a house on Datha Ave in north Charlotte around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday morning where they found a man shot to death inside the house.
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were called to a house on Datha Ave in north Charlotte around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday morning where they found a man shot to death inside the house.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred early Wednesday when someone forced his way into a home in the Statesville Avenue area north of uptown.

Police said they received a call to the 5400 block of Datha Avenue at 3:24 a.m., and arrived to find a man dead with a gunshot wound. His identity has not been released. Police identified him later Wednesday as Ralph Anthony Johnson, 48.

The initial investigation indicates that shots were fired into the residence and the suspect forced entry into the home, police said. The Observer’s news partner, WBTV, reports police believe the suspect shot through the front door of the home while two people were inside.

Detectives with the Homicide Unit are canvassing the area to determine whether there are any witnesses to this incident. CMPD’s K9 Unit was among the teams that responded.

Anyone with information is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. Detective Clayton is the lead detective assigned to the case. The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers mobile app website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.

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