Two men are in custody and police are seeking a third Friday in the fatal shooting of two men in Charlotte’s University City area.
One of the suspects was also shot and is in critical condition, police said.
The shooting happened shortly before 1 a.m. Friday at a townhouse in the 1700 block of Forest Side Lane, off Back Creek Church Road a short distance from University City Boulevard.
Investigators said four people — three men and a woman — were at the residence when two other men arrived. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said the occupants knew the two men who had arrived, and they let them inside. A short time later, shots were fired.
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The victims were identified as Jonathan Michael Green, 28, and Steffon Quinton Montgomery, 24. A spokeswoman for UNC Charlotte said the victims were not students at the school.
Montgomery lived at the townhouse, according to records. He had no record of serious crimes. Green lived elsewhere in Charlotte and had been arrested at least twice on drug-related charges.
“This was not random violence,” one detective at the scene said Friday morning. But police have not described a motive in the killings.
In addition to homicide detectives, members of CMPD’s Narcotics and Gang units also were called to the scene.
By Friday afternoon, police announced three men were each facing two counts of murder and two counts of attempted armed robbery. Police arrested Nelson Joseph Brice, 20, and took him to Mecklenburg jail, where he is being held without bond.
Suspect Jeremy Lynard Patton, 19, is in police custody at Carolinas Medical Center, where he is listed in critical condition. Police said he suffered a gunshot wound in the early morning incident.
A third suspect, 24-year-old Travis Gerald Peters, remains at large Friday afternoon. Police said he was last seen driving a gold 2004 Chevrolet Impala with N.C. tag AHJ-6052. Anyone with information about him or the car’s whereabouts is asked to call 911.
One neighbor told the Observer that the community where the shooting took place is a mix of students, families and younger couples. She said there is rarely any need for police to visit the neighborhood. Researcher Maria David contributed