Police identify man shot, killed in parking lot of west Charlotte minimart

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said it’s investigating a homicide in west Charlotte.

Police said they responded to the Eze-N-Quick minimart on Tuckaseegee Road at State Street just after 11 p.m. Friday.

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Responding officers said they found a man in the parking lot who had been shot. He died at the scene.

Police identified the victim as 48-year-old Richard William Carter Jr.

Detectives were canvassing the area to try to find anyone who witnessed the shooting.

Channel 9 spoke with neighbors who said they’re concerned about the violence.

"It makes me sad every time. I heard that, and I don't know them personally, but I can't imagine somebody knocking on my front door telling me my child was shot down,” resident Ada Kante said.

Police said they're reviewing surveillance video for any clues that may lead to an arrest.

"This is a highly traveled area and we know some people came through and walked through. We are pretty sure there are some witnesses out there so we are asking people for help," CMPD Major Gerald Smith said.

When those who live near the corner of Tuskaseegee and State Street learned someone had been shot and killed outside the Eze-N-Quick Food Mart while the store was still open for business, residents said they were shocked.

"Let's stop the killing and learning how to live a different way. We can do something different without all those guns," resident Frank Byers said.

"Nobody don't talk, it's just kill, kill, kill, and it's scary," Kante said.

Channel 9 crime mapped the area over the last month and found two aggravated assaults with a gun and an armed robbery within a half mile radius of the scene of the deadly shooting.

"It's so sad. It's been happening every year, all the violence over here and it shouldn't be," Byers said. 

Kante said this is a bittersweet reminder of just how short life can be.

"My life to me is important. Everybody don't feel that way. I want to live," Kante said.

Police have not released any information about potential suspects.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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