Accused drug dealer’s troubled life comes to violent end on North Tryon

One of Brittany Carelock’s mug shots
One of Brittany Carelock’s mug shots

The victim in a Wednesday afternoon homicide on North Tryon Street has been identified as Brittany Carelock, 27, of Charlotte, a woman who was well known to police based on a lengthy arrest record for dealing drugs.

Carelock, who claimed on Facebook to be an entertainer known as Breezie TheArtist, died about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 900 block of North Tryon Street. That area of Charlotte is a spot where drug dealers and prostitutes are known to prey upon the homeless who live at a nearby men’s shelter.

Officers say they found her dead at the scene, with a gunshot wound.

Detectives say a preliminary investigation suggests she knew the person who shot her. The shooter remained at large Thursday morning and it was unclear if police had a suspect.

Carelock’s record shows 10 arrests since 2014 for charges including selling marijuana, possession of cocaine, assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon.

A December 2012 press release from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department also included Carelock among 15 people arrested in a three-month-long undercover drug and gun-buying investigation in east Charlotte. Officers seized 1,300 grams of methamphetamine, 206 grams of cocaine, 218 grams of heroin and 2 handguns during the investigation.

Carelock has two Facebook pages, including one under the name Breezie TheArtist. She described herself on that page as a self-employed entertainer and former recording artist. It said she was single, originally from Charlotte and has a brother and sister living in the city.

The area where Carelock was killed is part ongoing tug-of-war between activists for the homeless and business owners who are frustrated by drug dealers selling to the homeless. North Tryon Street has a high congregation of homeless men due to the proximity of the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte and the Urban Ministry Center.

Business owners in the area complain the homeless are hurting the area by attracting drug dealers, loitering, panhandling, public intoxication and public urination.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. Detective Berman is the lead detective in 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/.