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Body found in pickup in south Charlotte. He’d been shot to death, police say.

Police say an off-duty officer heard multiple gunshots around 8 p.m. Monday at Beacon Hill Apartment Complex on South Boulevard.
Police say an off-duty officer heard multiple gunshots around 8 p.m. Monday at Beacon Hill Apartment Complex on South Boulevard.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) is investigating its 41st homicide of the year.

Police say an off-duty officer heard multiple gunshots around 8 p.m. Monday at Beacon Hill Apartment Complex on South Boulevard.

Police say the officer found a man inside a pickup truck.

He pulled the man out and performed CPR but was unsuccessful. MEDIC arrived at the scene and pronounced the man dead.

The victim was later identified as Pedro Fabricio Diaz-Paz.

Neighbors say they heard seven to eight gun shots. They also say they saw a window of the pickup truck shattered from an apparent gunshot.

Beacon Hill Apartment Complex is a gated community and police believe the victim didn’t live there.

Detectives are looking to see if any surveillance cameras captured any images at the time of the shooting. They are also canvassing the neighborhood.

“We have a couple of witnesses that we are talking to,” CMPD Major Mike Campagna said. “But we are certainly looking for more cooperation from the community to help us out - kind of put back together what happened, so we can bring this case to a close and bring some justice to the person who is deceased.”

Police say this investigation is in its early stages and they don’t have much information.

Representatives of the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Homicide Prosecution Team, Real Time Crime Center, Operations Command, and Victim Services all responded to the crime scene.

WBTV asked if any weapons were found inside the pickup truck. No answer was given.

“We are still investigating that,” Campagna said. “We have to work our way in and we’ll be looking for those kinds of things and whatever type of evidence that may lead us to some clues as to why this happened.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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