Crime & Courts

Man fatally shot in rural Gaston County, suspect arrested in Burlington

David Watson
David Watson Gaston County Police Department

CORRECTION: This story has been corrected to say the homicide happened outside of Bessemer City in rural Gaston County, not in the city limits.

A Gastonia man was fatally shot outside of Bessemer City in rural Gaston County on Saturday morning, and police apprehended the suspect in Burlington.

Gaston County Police said they found David Clint Watson, 27, dead of a gunshot wound in a home in the 100 block of McAbee Lane at about 10:45 a.m.

Police obtained a warrant charging Naijii Salik Boyd, 22, of Bessemer City, with murder.

Boyd left with other people from the home by the time police arrived. Police said they are investigating whether Boyd took the others against their will. Boyd was apprehended without incident at about 3 p.m., police said.

“The Gaston County Police expresses gratitude to the Concord Police Department and Burlington Police Department for their assistance in this case,” the department said in announcing Boyd’s arrest.

Police declined to release any other details about the killing, including a motive.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak