CMPD makes first arrest in Labor Day weekend slayings

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Two months after a series of shootings left five people dead over Labor Day weekend, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested a man in connection with one of the slayings.

Overnight, detectives charged Quincy McWaine, 18, with the murder of Elias Perez, 30.

The suspect in a robbery and murder over Labor Day weekend is due to make his first court appearance on the charges Friday in Charlotte.

McWaine was already in the Mecklenburg County Jail on unrelated charges. He had been arrested earlier this year on several charges including possession of a handgun by a minor.

Police said they gathered information and evidence that identified McWaine as a suspect in the case.

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McWaine has also been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon.

On Sept. 6, officers were called to the 1100 block of Glenfiddich Drive where they found Perez dead from a gunshot wound.

The killing capped off a violent weekend in Charlotte in which 12 people were shot and five died, including a 7-year-old boy. Police attributed the spike in violence to a clash between rival gang members.

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Channel 9 went to McWaine's home Wednesday morning, but his family said they did not have anything to say at this point.

Neighbors in the apartment complex told Eyewitness News on Wednesday that they remember the shooting and have been on edge ever since.

“Thank God, thank God. His family should be happy to hear that, because that was terrible,” said Shawn Franklin, who was moving out of the apartment complex on Wednesday.

McWaine’s arrest is the first in any of those cases.

Police do not believe that Perez's murder had anything to do with any of the other shootings over the Labor Day weekend, including the murder of a 7-year-old boy at a birthday party.

Those cases are still unsolved.

Crimestoppers is offering a $10,000 reward for information in the shootings. If anyone has information, he or she can call 704-334-1600.

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