Sources: CMPD eye teens in murder of north Charlotte man

by: Mark Becker Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are looking for the gunman who shot and killed a man outside his home in northeast Charlotte Sunday morning,

Officers are also investigating as many as five robberies within a 10-mile radius of the shooting in the Hemby Woods subdivision.

Police haven’t confirmed yet, but sources told Channel 9 that there are pieces which would appear to fit together and paint a picture of teenagers -- between 13 and 16 -- on a crime spree that may have ended in the murder.

Police said 44-year-old Ronald Gullette was shot in his front yard on Hemby Woods Drive around 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Sources said it appears that someone had been trying to rob him.

In the two and half hours before the shooting, police received reports of two carjackings in east and north Charlotte.

Channel 9 spoke with one of the victims who said that he was in his driveway around 8 a.m. when a young man with a gun took his wallet and his car.

Channel 9 saw police processing that car Sunday night and another one that may have been taken from the second carjacking.

Sources told Channel 9 that a juvenile -- who is 15-years-old -- is in custody and that another 13-year-old girl was also in the car but has not been charged at this point.

Sources said that they are brother and sister.

Channel 9 was also told that a third suspect, a 16-year-old, has not been arrested but that police have a good idea of who he is.

Some neighbors weren't surprised to hear about a robbery or a murder in the neighborhood. Kimberly Flores says her home was targeted a few years ago.

"They stole a TV, camera, money," Flores said.

Monica Craig was asleep during the shooting, but she said her daughter heard the gunshots and woke up.

“This is very scary and if it can happen to him it can happen to anybody,” said Craig.

She said Gullette lived in the home with his wife and two young children. She said he was on his way to meet his family at church when the shooting happened. She didn’t know why anyone would do this to him.

“He's home with the family, he's a family man," Craig said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.