Crime & Courts

Police identify victim, one suspect in deadly shooting in Huntersville


Huntersville police say they have identified a person who was shot to death on Wednesday, along with the suspects they believe are responsible for killing him.

The victim was 28-year-old Zonta Monti Dunlap, of Concord, Huntersville police said in a news release issued Thursday.

Police have charged a Charlotte man — 23-year-old Ivan Fernando Petty — with first-degree murder and four other felonies in the case. Police say they also expect to release information about a second suspect whom they’ve identified.

Emergency officials say the Wednesday morning shooting also left another victim seriously injured. That person, who has not yet been identified, was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, according to WBTV. Dunlap was found dead at the scene.

Authorities say the shooting happened around 10 a.m. in Huntersville, in the 11000 block of Bryton Pass Lane.

Officers say a Mecklenburg County sheriff’s deputy was in the area on Bryton Pass Lane when he was told that a neighbor had heard gunshots, according to WBTV.

On Wednesday, the Huntersville Police Department tweeted that Hambright Road between Old Statesville Road and Bryton Corporate Center Parkway was closed because of police activity.

The investigation is still ongoing. Police encouraged anyone with information about the crime to contact Lt. Sean Freeston at 704-464-5400.

WBTV contributed to this report.