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Two 15-year-olds among 4 teens charged with killing man in northeast Charlotte

Two of the teen suspects in the killing of Gavino Miguel Romero were arrested during a SWAT standoff Saturday on Lanecrest Drive in Charlotte.
Two of the teen suspects in the killing of Gavino Miguel Romero were arrested during a SWAT standoff Saturday on Lanecrest Drive in Charlotte.

Two 15-year-olds are among the four teens charged with firing shots into a car that killed a Charlotte teen on Saturday.

The shooting was part of a spree of gun violence in Charlotte over the Mother’s Day weekend that left two dead and seven wounded during four difference incidents.

Investigators did not release the names of the two 15-year-olds because they are minors, but both are charged with murder, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, officials said.

They are accused of killing Gavino Miguel Romero, who was only 19, said police.

Charged in the same killing are Primitivo Jonathan Carreto, 19, and Chadwick Jerome Pearson, 18, who is a felon, police said.

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Pearson Mecklenburg County jail

Both teens have long arrest records in Mecklenburg County, with Pearson arrested 15 times and Carreto arrested seven times, according to the Mecklenburg County jail web site.

Pearson is charged with murder, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, shooting into occupied property, possession of firearm by convicted felon and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Carreto is charged with murder, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.

The four teen are accused of being involved in a shooting that took place in at 12:34 p.m. Saturday in the 4600 block of Perth Court.

Officers arrived at the scene to find two males with gunshot wounds. A third man was in the car, but was not injured, police said.

Gavino Miguel Romero died at the scene, police said. Investigators believe someone fired bullets into their vehicle, causing the driver to lose control.

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Carreto Mecklenburg County jail

Shortly after the discovery, suspects Carreto and Pearson were arrested after a short SWAT standoff on Lanecrest Drive, according to the Observer’s news partner WBTV.

The weekend of violence was similar to what Charlotte experienced on Memorial Day 2017, when four people were killed in the city. Police attributed the deaths that weekend to drug-related violence, a robbery and an argument between acquaintances, radio station WFAE reported.

Mark Price: 704-358-5245, @markprice_obs
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