Crime & Courts

Police: Cornelius 19-year-old’s killing wasn’t random

Huntersville police said Tuesday they believe February’s shooting death of 19-year-old Peter Michael Jordan at The Landings at Northcross apartment complex wasn’t a random crime.

“Evidence suggests the killer or killers were known to Peter Jordan,” Huntersville police Lt. Andrew Dempski said in response to questions from the Observer.

“Our investigation has revealed that drugs could have played a part, but that the circumstances surrounding those drugs and what part it could have played is unknown,” Dempski said.

Jordan lived in Cornelius and was visiting friends at The Landings when he was shot and killed, police said. His death was Huntersville’s first homicide in more than two years.

Jordan’s death had raised concerns in the community about killers being on the loose, with no public indication of motive or suspects.

Dempski wouldn’t confirm whether police have people of interest or suspects in Jordan’s killing but said “the focus of our investigation has definitely narrowed.”

He said police have followed up on numerous leads and completed several legal filings and warrants “in an effort to gain additional information.”

“We are still working to piece together the events prior to Peter Jordan’s killing, and we believe we have a better understanding of what occurred,” Dempski said. “And in order to protect the integrity of the investigation and not harm the eventual arrest and prosecution of suspects, I cannot elaborate any further.”

The Landings is off Interstate 77 Exit 25 and Sam Furr Road in the Birkdale area and has 312 apartments.

A 911 caller, in whose apartment Jordan died, reported that the fatal bullet was fired through his front door by assailants who fled in a black, newer model Chevy Impala, according to an edited tape of the call released to the Observer by police after a public records request.

Police were dispatched to the apartment at 6:06 p.m. that Wednesday. Medical personnel tried to revive Jordan, police said.