Police identify man shot to death in front of business on North Tryon Street

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are conducting a homicide investigation after a shooting in north Charlotte on North Tryon Street.

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Police said they received reports of an assault with a deadly weapon just after 9 p.m. Tuesday.

When officers arrived on scene, they said they found a male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound in front of a business in a shopping center.

MEDIC responded and pronounced the man dead at the scene.

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The victim was later identified as 27-year-old Demetrius Thomas.

Officials said an initial investigation revealed Thomas was standing outside of a business in the shopping center when an unknown, male suspect approached Thomas and shot him.

The shooter then fled the area.

CMPD reported there have been 43 homicides in the city of Charlotte. Officials said this is a decrease of 40 percent at this time in 2017.

Charlotte had 71 homicides in 2017.

No other information has been released at this time.

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

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