Arrest made after man shot to death at popular Charlotte shopping center

South Tryon Street homicide victim identified

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said they have made an arrest after a man was shot to death in a busy shopping center parking lot along South Tryon Street Thursday.

Investigators responded to the call just before noon in the parking lot in front of the Panera Bread restaurant at Whitehall Commons, near Interstate 485.

Officers found Demarco Trayvon Pegues, 31, dead at the scene. Police said someone shot him while he sat in his car.

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"It is very busy and we are pretty sure there are witnesses who will come forward with this," said Maj. Gerald Smith with CMPD. "If anyone saw anything or recorded anything on their phones to please give us a call and let us take a look at it if you think we need to look at it.

On Friday morning, police told Channel 9 that Jeffrey Boggs was arrested and charged with Pegues' murder. Detectives found him at a hotel on Lucky Penny Street and arrested him without incident.

They said Pegues and Boggs knew each other.

No one Channel 9 spoke with heard the gunshots, but one man said he saw two people running away.

"I don't know what happened, and then I just saw them. They ran up there and ran in the back of Walmart and everything," said Vernon Hailey. "Then all of the sudden we figured out and all of the cops start rolling up and everything."

If you can help police with the case, please call Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600.

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