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Man charged with murder of a 20-year-old near uptown Charlotte, police say

Records show highs, lows for Charlotte homicides

Police in Charlotte, N.C. have been tracking homicides since 1971. Here’s how recent numbers compare.
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Police in Charlotte, N.C. have been tracking homicides since 1971. Here’s how recent numbers compare.

A man has been charged with murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man Tuesday afternoon just outside uptown Charlotte, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

Police arrested Algia Montaze Clark, Jr., 21, Saturday and charged him with murder and possession of a firearm by felon, police said.

A’mari McCaskill, 20, was shot just after 4:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of West Trade Street, police said, near a Bojangles’ restaurant and a Mobil gas station.

He was pronounced dead less than two hours later at Carolinas Medical Center, according to police.

This is the city’s 73rd homicide of 2019, according to data maintained by the Observer.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information can reach Charlotte-Mecklenburg homicide detectives at 704-432-8477 or 704-334-1600, police said.

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney has been looking around the country at statistics and sees that many major cities are suffering from violence at the hands of young people just like Charlotte.

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