Crime & Courts

Three teens charged with murder after 17-year-old was shot, killed in east Charlotte

Three young people have been arrested and charged with murder in connection with a 17-year-old’s death in east Charlotte, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say.

Octavion McClellan, 17, was found with a gunshot wound in an apartment complex parking lot in the 7100 block of Barrington Drive, near Milton Road, on July 25, police said.

Police responded to the scene around 9:30 p.m., and McClellan was taken to Carolinas Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Nearly a week later, police announced three arrests.

Cortez Quandaz Springs, 19, was arrested Wednesday, and 17-year-old Keniya Guyton and 18-year-old Tionte Morrison were arrested Thursday. All three were charged with murder and three counts of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Springs was also shot during the incident, police said, and he showed up at Atrium Health University City that night. His gunshot wound was not life-threatening, and he’s now in jail, police said.

McClellan is the 66th person killed in Charlotte this year, according to data maintained by The Observer. The city is on pace to have more homicides this year than any time since the early 1990s.

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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.