Police look for shooter in north Charlotte homicide

by: Paige Hansen Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said the victim in a deadly shooting Friday knew the person who pulled the trigger.

Police were called to the 1300 block of Norris Avenue at 10 a.m. and found a man who was shot.

The victim, Raymelle Jake Smith, was taken to Carolinas Medical Center, where he died.

Witnesses said Smith was standing at a bus stop on Norris Avenue before someone shot him.
"I just heard a pop," Eugene Fordham said.
Another witness could not believe the sound was a shot.
"I heard the shot but I thought it was a firework. It was so early in the morning," a woman who wanted to only be identified as Shandra said. 
Shandra lives in front of the bus stop where the shooting happened.
She said she was walking down the street when she heard the gunshot.
She said she turned and saw the victim fall to the ground.
"I said, ‘Oh my God,’ and I ran right to the house," Shandra said.
In the minutes after the shooting, CMPD used a helicopter to search for the shooter.
Detectives spent the majority of the morning and early afternoon talking to everyone in the neighborhood who may have seen or heard anything.

The investigation is ongoing and police are asking anyone with information to call 704-432-TIPS.