Three found shot dead near Pineville
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were still saying little Saturday about what triggered the shooting deaths of three men – two of them brothers – found in a house near Pineville.
Brothers Naquavis Aqueece Benson, 29, and Jarvis Mandrell Benson, 38, were found dead in the house of the third victim, Javarius Deshawn McGee, who turned 30 on Thursday.
Police said the shootings do not appear to have been random, but have not indicated whether they are looking for any suspects.
Police have contacted the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office to see if the killings are tied to the shooting death of one of the victim’s friends, reported WBTV, the Observer’s media partner.
On Nov. 28, Antonio Massey was shot and killed in Lancaster. His friend was one of Friday’s shooting victims, WBTV reported.
Police spokesman Rob Tufano didn’t return calls on Saturday requesting an update on the investigation.
Police found the Bensons and McGee dead at about 10:30 a.m. Friday in a house in the 9500 block of China Grove Church Road in the Sterling community. Medic pronounced all three dead at the scene.
The killings stunned family members, who cried and hugged one another outside the house as police investigated inside.
The Benson brothers grew up in Lancaster, S.C., and Naquavis Benson lived in Charlotte, where he was a culinary student, family members said. The brothers were at McGee’s house apparently to celebrate his birthday.
All three victims had run-ins with the law, South Carolina court records show.
Naquavis Benson served prison time for trafficking ecstasy two years ago.
Mandrell Benson was convicted of drugs and weapons charges in 2013, and McGee was found guilty of two drug charges, in 2010 and 2014, records show.
Police encouraged anyone with information about the shootings to call 704-432-TIPS (8477) to speak directly with a homicide detective. Or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
Staff researcher Maria David contributed.