Crime & Courts

Man was driving a car in residential neighborhood when he was shot, killed, police say

A man was shot and killed in north Charlotte on Monday morning, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

Homicide detectives are investigating the shooting near the intersection of Evanshire Drive and Trinity Road, half a mile from Hornets Nest Park in the Beatties Ford Road corridor.

Eugene Williams, 40, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Medic and CMPD.

Police do not believe the shooting was random, CMPD Maj. Allan Rutledge Rutledge said.

Investigators believe the man was driving a car when he was shot, Rutledge told reporters. Because he was in a moving vehicle, police are investigating two scenes a block apart on Evanshire Drive, in a residential neighborhood.

Several people called 911 to say they’d heard gunshots, Rutledge said.

The car came to a stop without hitting anything, he added.

This is the 58th person killed in Charlotte in 2019 — an unusually high total for early July.

At the end of 2018, CMPD reported that the city had had 57 homicides. The 2018 total was changed to 58 in February, when a man died from gunshot wounds he’d sustained months earlier.

For the purposes of comparison across decades of homicide data, the Observer uses the totals reported by CMPD at the end of each year.

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Jane Wester is a Charlotte native and has been covering criminal justice and public safety for The Charlotte Observer since May 2017.