• Gunman charged after 2 killed in triple shooting at Charlotte apartments

    By: Joe Bruno


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Police have charged a gunman after two men were killed and another was seriously injured in a shooting at a southeast Charlotte apartment complex in July.

    Nico Benn, 24, has been charged with two counts of murder, assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

    The shooting happened just before 1 a.m. on July 14 at an apartment complex on Electra Lane, off Idlewild Road near Independence Boulevard.


    Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said when officers got to the apartment complex, they found three men with gunshot wounds outside one of the buildings. 

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    Officials said two of the men died at the scene. Police identified them as 33-year-old Gerardo Arellano-Sanchez and 31-year-old Miguel Angel Molina Cruz.

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    MEDIC transported the third victim to the hospital with serious injuries. 

    Police have not said what led to the shooting.

    CMPD Major Allen Rutledge told Channel 9 police have few problems with that area and it is typically a quiet neighborhood.

    "Talking to the lieutenant, they have very few problems out here. They don't have a lot of issues at this apartment complex," Rutledge said.

    Check back with wsoctv.com for more information. 

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