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Fatal shooting Sunday near Eastway and The Plaza

One person was killed and another was charged after a shooting Sunday afternoon on Blendwood Drive, off The Plaza near Eastway Drive, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said.

Police responded to a call about an assault around 1:28 p.m. and found a man inside a home suffering from a gunshot wound, according to a report from CMPD. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by Medic.

Late Sunday, police identified the dead man as Demario Simms, 27. Austin Demar Burnett, 25, was charged with murder in the killing. Police did not say what led up to the killing or give a motive, but they said Sims and Burnett knew each other.

Homicide investigators ask anyone with information about Sims’ killing to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Karen Sullivan and Cleve R. Wootson Jr.

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