Crime

Man charged in fatal shooting at Charlotte gas station

Police have charged a suspect in Wednesday night’s fatal shooting of Erick Jamaal Neely, 19, at a gas station in southwest Charlotte.

Justin Jerrell Eason, 25, was charged with murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Police said they found Eason at his home and took him into custody without incident.

The shooting happened about 8 p.m. inside the Arrowood Corner convenience store at Arrowood Road and South Tryon Street. Neely was pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center.

Store employees said neither man worked there, according to multiple media reports.

Eason has served prison time for armed robbery, common law robbery, second-degree attempted kidnapping, possessing a controlled substance, larceny and carrying a concealed weapon, records show.

He has served probation for assault by strangulation, assault on a female and common law robbery and has trials pending on two DWI charges, records show.

Police aren’t saying what they believe led to the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call 704-432-TIPS (8477) and speak to a homicide detective, or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Staff researcher Maria David contributed.

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