Charlotte’s 55th homicide marks the fourth time this year that a man has been found dead of gunshot wounds in a vehicle. Three of the four bodies were found in vehicles adjacent to the Independence-Monroe Road corridor.
In all, six people have been killed along that corridor this year. All were shot, records show.
The latest homicide happened at around 7:18 p.m. Tuesday in the 6700 block of East Independence Boulevard, not far from the East W.T. Harris Boulevard intersection.
Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Homicide Unit say officers found a man with gunshot wounds inside a vehicle. Police identified the man as Kyyri De Ji Marquis Doggette, 25.
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Charlotte TV station WSOC said the shooting followed an argument, and the victim may have known the shooter.
Police told Observer news partner WBTV that one business was open in the strip mall where the car was found. They said they are talking to some individuals from that business about the crime, the station reported.
Last week, officers found pawn shop operator Raymond James Johnson III, 43, in a car in the 600 block of Fugate Avenue. That’s a connector between Monroe Road and Independence Boulevard.
In July, Dionte’ Hunter, 17, was found dead two miles from where Johnson was killed, on another Monroe-Independence connector road. And in June, David Sean Lindsay, 29, was found dead in a vehicle in east Charlotte near Hickory Grove Road.
Of Charlotte’s 55 homicide victims, 40 were shot. Others were beaten, stabbed, neglected or hit by a vehicle.
Charlotte is on pace to record more than 90 homicides this year. Last year, the city had 67.
Anyone with information about the latest incident is asked to call 704-432-8477 and speak to a detective. The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers mobile app website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.