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Charlotte Shooting Spree: 1 dead, 3 shot, $10k reward offered

The suspect remains at large.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are grappling with a surge in violence. Over a 24-hour period, four separate shootings claimed at least four lives and left two others critically injured.

Authorities suspect some of these incidents may be connected and are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to arrests.

In response to this surge, the department held a press conference on Tuesday afternoon to address the violence.

The wave of violence began early Monday morning at 5:30 am in south Charlotte. Officers found 36-year-old Derrick Byas shot to death inside his car near Interstate 485 and Rea Road.

The suspect remains at large.

Later that evening, around 5:30 pm, a separate incident unfolded in north Charlotte on Cinnabay Drive, also near I-485. Here, a domestic shooting claimed the life of 37-year-old Daniel Gomez.

Police arrested 62-year-old Luis Gonzalez, who faces voluntary manslaughter charges. He appeared in court on Tuesday with a bond set at $75,000.

The violence continued later that night. Just before 9:00 pm, gunfire erupted at the Parker Heights Apartments in west Charlotte.

The incident, believed to be drug-related, claimed the life of 29-year-old Lamarcus Jackson and injured three others, including a juvenile. One victim suffered life-threatening injuries. Police are not currently seeking any suspects.

The violence continued into Tuesday morning. Around 1:30 am, officers responded to a fatal shooting in north Charlotte near the Pilot Truckstop on Statesville Avenue and Tipton Drive.

A body was found next to a gray car. Police haven’t revealed if they’re searching for a suspect. Adding to the unrest, two more shootings occurred in the early hours, one on Catherine Simmons Avenue and another on Hilary Circle.

Both victims sustained life-threatening injuries and were transported to the hospital.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) is actively working alongside the District Attorney’s office and community partners to tackle the ongoing issue of youth violence. This focus has been a central commitment for CMPD for months.

‘We’re dedicated to discouraging young people from carrying and using firearms,’ said Major Brett Balamucki at the scene of the tragic Parker Drive shooting. ‘

This is a long-term effort for CMPD. We aim to reduce violence, especially when it involves impressionable youth who become entangled with guns, leading to shootings and casualties.’

CMPD highlights the availability of community programs that provide positive alternatives and activities for young people and their families.