Crime

Charlotte’s first 2015 homicide comes 4 hours into new year

Just hours after finishing a year with the fewest killings on record, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police detectives found themselves investigating their first homicide of 2015 early Thursday.

The man, identified as Ronald Hoover, 37, was found shot to death shortly after 4 a.m. in southwest Charlotte, and police said they believe two other people were wounded in the violence.

His family has been notified, police said, and the investigation is ongoing.

Officers were called early Thursday to the 200 block of Fairwood Avenue, in a neighborhood off South Tryon Street south of Remount Road. Police said they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound, and Medic declared the victim dead at the scene.

A short time later, officials in the emergency room at Novant Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte reported they were treating a man with a gunshot wound. Police said they believe the victim was wounded in the Fairwood Avenue shooting.

Then police were notified by officials at Mercy Hospital that a third man had arrived there with a gunshot wound. Once again, police said, it appears the victim was shot in the Fairwood Avenue incident.

Detectives spent several hours New Years morning canvassing the neighborhood, talking to residents and trying to determine what happened.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit detective. Detective Basulto is the lead detective assigned to the case. The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers website at Charlottecrimestoppers.com.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police investigated 42 homicides in 2014 – the lowest total since records started being kept in 1977. The 2014 total was down from 58 homicides in 2013.

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