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Police: 3 dead in north Charlotte homicide

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police found three people dead inside a home on Norris Avenue in north Charlotte late Tuesday.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police found three people dead inside a home on Norris Avenue in north Charlotte late Tuesday. WBTV

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police found three people dead inside a home in north Charlotte Tuesday evening.

Investigators hadn’t released the names of the victims or said how they were killed. They have deemed the case a homicide investigation.

Police Lt. Alex Watson said officers were alerted to the crime by “a source” but gave no more details.

“Officers responded to the location and found three people dead inside,” Watson said. “We just received information that there were three people dead inside.”

The bodies were found about 5 p.m. on Norris Avenue, in a neighborhood of small, one-story houses about a mile north of uptown Charlotte.

No suspect has been identified, although the investigation was in its early stages Tuesday night. Watson said investigators don’t believe the killings were random acts of violence.

Watson would not describe the circumstances of the killings, but he said officers were still interviewing people who might have more information.

Matthews police confirmed to WBTV, the Observer’s news partner, that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department contacted them about a possible connection to a fatal shooting that happened around 1 a.m. Sunday at the Microtel Hotel on East Independence Boulevard.

In that case, Matthews police were dispatched to the rear parking lot of the Microtel after receiving a call about shots fired.

They found two men with gunshot wounds inside a car. One was dead, and the other had life-threatening injuries.

No names have been released in connection with those shootings.

Officer Tim Aycock, a spokesman for the Matthews Police Department, told the Observer, “We are not sure at this time if there’s a connection.”

Police in Charlotte have not said why they believe there may be a link to the shootings in Matthews.

CMPD encouraged anyone with information about Tuesday’s killings to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. Tipsters are eligible for a reward for information that leads to an arrest.

Matthews police are also trying to solve their crime and encourage anyone with information to call the Criminal Investigations Division at 704-847-5555.

So far this year, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have investigated 11 homicides. At this point last year, they’d investigated eight.

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