Crime & Courts

Police: Davidson fatal shooting was not a random act

Crime scene tape is shown near where a man was shot to death on Jetton Street in Davidson.
Crime scene tape is shown near where a man was shot to death on Jetton Street in Davidson. Shaun Donithan/WBTV

Tuesday night’s fatal shooting on Jetton Street in Davidson was not a random act, Police Chief Jeanne Miller said Wednesday.

Police identified the victim as Jerry Kerns of Cornelius and said they are searching for a red Chevy Caliber hybrid SUV.

Davidson’s last reported homicide was last July. Before that, the town hadn’t had a homicide in a decade.

“We recognize that this situation is very upsetting to citizens in town, but we know this is not a random act and want to assure them that they are safe,” Miller said in a statement. “We are working hard to find the suspect(s) in this investigation and bring it to a successful resolution.”

The shooting occurred in the 400 block of Jetton Street. Police were called to the scene around 8:45 p.m., Miller said.

Close family friends told WBTV, the Observer’s media partner, that the shooting stemmed from an argument between the victim and another man.

Miller said the police department worked throughout the night to process the crime scene. Officers from the Cornelius, Huntersville and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police departments were on the scene to assist.

Anyone with information about the shooting or the car is asked to call Davidson police Detective Vernon Sides at 704-892-5131.

North Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Police have never publicly identified a suspect in the fatal shooting last July of Sarah Long, 41. She was found dead in her bedroom clutching a .357 Taurus revolver in her left hand, records show. Police said Long was right-handed.

She died of a single gunshot wound to the left side of her head, Dr. Michael Sullivan, Mecklenburg County’s chief medical examiner at the time, wrote in an autopsy report.The mystery surrounding her death has drawn national attention.

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