Crime & Courts

Charlotte man charged in shooting death of relative

Gary Lavarde Austin
Gary Lavarde Austin Mecklenburg County jail

Police charged a 52-year-old man with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 26-year-old relative in east Charlotte early Saturday.

Donnelle Quinton McDonald was shot at about 12:30 a.m. after an argument in the 6900 block of Olde Savannah Road, off Albemarle Road, police said. McDonald was pronounced dead by Medic.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police detectives arrested Gary Lavard Austin after taking him to police headquarters for an interview. Austin was jailed without bail and has a first court appearance at 1 p.m. Monday.

Police have not said how they believe the two are related. Police are not disclosing what McDonald and Austin argued about before the shooting.

Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to call police at 704-432-TIPS (8477) or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak