1 killed in shooting in Kannapolis, suspect arrested

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The Kannapolis Police Department is investigating a homicide after one person was fatally shot Wednesday afternoon.

Police said officers responded to Beaumont Avenue to assist EMS with an unresponsive patient shortly after 3:30 p.m. At the scene, 48-year-old Willie Johnson, Jr. was pronounced deceased. He suffered from gunshot wounds, according to police.

On Friday, the Kannapolis Police Department announced that a suspect had been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the case. Derick De-Arlo Hinson Sr. was found in Lancaster, South Carolina, and he was taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies in the county. He’s currently being held without bond and is awaiting extradition back to North Carolina.

It’s not yet clear what led to the shooting.

Police said this investigation is being handled by Kannapolis Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Lieutenant James Livengood at 704-920-4082 or Investigator Arthur Reid at 704-920-4070.

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