Crime & Courts

Man shot dead in west Charlotte, suspect at large

Officers responding to an assault with a deadly weapon call found a man dying of a gunshot wound in west Charlotte Tuesday night.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police haven’t released the victim’s name because they said they hadn’t notified his family late Tuesday. They also haven’t released what led up to the fatal shooting or details about a potential suspect.

No one has been arrested, but police say evidence at the scene indicated the killing wasn’t a random act of violence.

Police received the 911 call just before 9 p.m. When they arrived at Westridge Drive, near where Freedom Drive meets Interstate 85, they found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene shortly afteward.

Investigators were canvassing the area Tuesday night, looking for witnesses. Crime scene investigators were also called to the scene to gather physical evidence.

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

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