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3rd man arrested, charged in deadly parking lot shooting

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Antonio Torez Cousart, 26 Antonio Torez Cousart, 26
Maurice Quema Wilson, 22 Maurice Quema Wilson, 22
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Police in Charlotte say they have arrested a third man in connection with a deadly shooting in a parking lot in southwest Charlotte.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police say they got a shots fired call shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday.

Once they arrived on scene at the South Oaks Crossing Apartments on Kings Ridge Drive, they found a man, later identified as 34-year-old Bennett Eugene Miller, in the parking lot dead from a gunshot wound.

On Friday evening, police identified 24-year-old Darryl Terrell Truesdale as a suspect in connection with Miller's murder.

Truesdale was arrested and is being interviewed by detectives at police headquarters.

Officers plan to charge him with Murder, Possession of Firearm by a Felon, Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery and Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon. 

On Friday morning, police announced they had arrested two other men in connection to the murder.

Antonio Torez Cousart, 26, and Maurice Quema Wilson, 22, were arrested and taken to Police Headquarters for questioning, police told WBTV.

Cousart has been charged with murder and possession of a firearm by a felon. Wilson was charged with accessory after the fact and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Katrina Seegars' mom lives in the complex. She didn't hear any gunshots, but heard the police minutes later.

"I hear the police," she recalled Thursday night. "Look outside and said, 'Oh mama something is really going on'. Come out here and see this guy laying out here."

"Does he live over here," wondered Seegars.

Investigators said Thursday they didn't know if Miller lived at the apartments or the circumstances that led to the shooting.

But neighbors like Gisele, who didn't want to give her last name, say Miller didn't live in the complex.

"He didn't live over here," she said. "So this was outside people coming in to corrupt a community."

And that's what worries her -- especially in a community with so many children.

"They always play back there first, in that parking lot," she said. "Bullets have no eyes. And it could have been a lot worse. It's tragic what happened however, thank God a little child did not lose their life out here today."

Seegars echoed that same sentiment and offered her own take on the senseless violence.

"When the heat rises, so does tempers," she said.

Anyone with additional information about the incident is asked to call (704)432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective, or call Crimestoppers at (704)334-1600.

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