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Second man arrested in fatal Charlotte gas station shooting case

Cornelius Chambers, 32, of Chester, S.C., faces charges of murder and armed robbery in the death of 37-year-old Cornelius Drayton.
Cornelius Chambers, 32, of Chester, S.C., faces charges of murder and armed robbery in the death of 37-year-old Cornelius Drayton. Mecklenburg County Jail

Police have arrested a second man in connection with a fatal shooting during a botched drug deal at a west Charlotte gas station this month.

Cornelius Chambers, 32, of Chester, S.C., faces charges of murder and armed robbery in the death of 37-year-old Cornelius Drayton. Police arrested Chambers after interviewing him on Thursday, police said.

Chambers joins Lex Chisholm, 24, of Chester, who was arrested last week for Drayton’s death and faces the same charges. Police said Chisholm and Drayton knew each other, but it wasn’t clear if Chambers and Drayton knew each other.

The shooting happened June 9 when people in two cars met at an Exxon Station at 3215 Queen City Drive for a drug deal, police said. An altercation happened during the sale, and shots were fired, before both cars drove toward Interstate 85.

One car was involved in a wreck on the interstate and drove away, police said.

Drayton had life-threatening injuries from the shooting, and was taken to a hospital in Gaston County. Another person from Drayton’s car also had life-threatening injuries. Police have not provided an update on that victim’s condition.

Drayton died from his injuries June 15. He was Charlotte’s 42nd homicide victim this year.

Police said the investigation is ongoing, and have not said if there are additional suspects.

LaVendrick Smith; 704-358-5101; @LaVendrickS

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