by: Mark Becker Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Two people were arrested Wednesday in connection with the south Charlotte shooting that left one man dead.
Stacey Dejon Brown, 20, and Roderick Derrick Crawford, 21, were picked up without incident by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Violent Criminal Apprehension Team.
Police said the homicide occurred in an area that has been a hotbed for violence lately.
Robert Heym, 65, was shot in the face on Conway Avenue Tuesday night, police said.
Police said they believe the homicide is the result of a string of robberies that have been happening in the area lately.
Police said Heym took the light rail and was walking the rest of the way home when he was attacked.
When police arrived just after 9 p.m., they said they found Heym who had been shot in the face.
Heym was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police told Channel 9 this would have been the fifth robbery in the area in the last month.
Patrols have been increased in the area, and police said they were about a block away when the shooting happened.
“I've been over here for a year and this is the first time it's happened over here. And then for it to be right on the neighborhood, yeah, that's kind of scary,” said neighbor Natalie Hayes.
Late Wednesday afternoon, several of Heym's friends described their shock that he was murdered.
"Why would they kill an innocent
65-year-old guy?" Michelle Ruff asked through tears.
"I worked with him for five
years. I mean, he was a nice guy He was always nice. He didn't have any family down here," said Rehanna Karim, who had worked with Heym at BJ's Warehouse.
Michelle Ruff added a desperate plea.
"Why would someone shoot him in his face and try to rob
him? That's why I don't understand. If anybody out there knows anything, help us," said Ruff.
Anyone with information on this shooting is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.