Crime & Courts

Man shot, killed at east Charlotte apartment complex

A man was shot and killed in an apartment complex in east Charlotte and police were canvassing the area late Thursday trying to find the suspect.

The shooting happened on Seigle Avenue at the McAden Park apartments. Officers hadn’t released the name of the victim late Thursday because his family members hadn’t been notified.

Officers were called to the apartments for an assault with a deadly weapon call just before 5 p.m. They found the victim lying near an entryway to an apartment building. Neighbors told WSOC-TV they heard six shots. The victim died on the way to the hospital.

The shooting was the 56th that police have investigated so far this year. That’s 13 more than all of last year.

It comes days after CMPD Chief Kerr Putney told the Charlotte City Council the department needs more officers to bring down crime. Violent crime is up 17.6 percent in the first nine months of this year compared to the same period last year. Police responded to two other shooting Thursday.

Police encouraged anyone with information about Thursday’s shooting to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. Tipsters are eligible for rewards for information that leads to an arrest. People with information can also call 704-432-TIPS (8477) to speak directly with a homicide detective.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.: 704-358-5046, @CleveWootson