• ‘Why is he free?' Slain woman's aunt questions suspect's prior release


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said it has charged a suspect with murder a day after a shooting left a woman dead and a man injured at an east Charlotte apartment complex.

    [PHOTOS: Deadly shooting on Snow Lane Sunday]

    Police said Reco Lamont Perry, 23, was taken into custody early Monday morning with the help of the Gastonia Police Department.

    Reco Lamont Perry
    Reco Lamont Perry
    (Reco Lamont Perry)

    Officers responded to the Heritage Park apartments on Snow Lane near the corner of East W.T. Harris Boulevard and Idlewild Road around 2 p.m. Sunday for reports of a shooting.

    When they arrived, police said they found Shalecia Shav’ea Williams, 21, and a man inside an apartment with gunshot wounds.

    According to CMPD, both victims were rushed to Atrium Carolinas Medical Center, where Williams was pronounced dead.

    Charles Robinson is a community activist working to stop violence like this in Charlotte.

    He told Channel 9 he went to high school with Williams' father.

    "That man worked hard to help raise that baby and now he has to get ready to lay her to rest, and that simply shouldn’t be. My heart goes out to that family,” Robinson said.

    (Listen to the 911 call below)

    Police addressed the media about the case on Monday.

    "The suspect went to Snow Lane, an altercation occurred and the victim was unfortunately shot,” Capt. Chris Dozier with CMPD said.

    Channel 9 has covered the suspect, Perry, in the past. He was one of the suspects charged last year with shooting a pregnant woman, then leading police on a wild chase.

    “Why was he free?” Williams Aunt Ryan O’Neal said. “Why was he free? I'm just, I'm angry.”

    [PAST COVERAGE: 2 accused of shooting pregnant woman, leading police on chase]

    Police said Beyonce Rorie, 18, was also arrested in connection with Sunday's shooting. She's charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder.

    (Beyonce Rorie)

    Police said the man who was shot is expected to be OK.

    [PAST COVERAGE: Suspect in deadly east Charlotte shooting apprehended in Laurinburg]

    This isn't the first time police have investigated a shooting on Snow Lane. The community has seen several deadly shootings over the years. Police responded to the Heritage Park apartments in July after three people were shot and again last October when a man was shot to death inside an apartment.

    This is an ongoing investigation. Check back with wsoctv.com for updates.

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