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Man dies in overnight shooting in Concord, police investigating

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CONCORD, NC (WBTV) -

A Concord man was fatally shot early Monday morning, police say.

The shooting was reported just after midnight on the 700 block of Central Drive NW in Concord, according to the Concord Police Department. Police say this is their first homicide for 2014.

The victim, 30-year-old Arnold Jerome Bennett, was taken to Northeast Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

"He was quiet," Victim's Grandmother Mary Dunn said. "He laughed a lot. He got that smile."
Dunn says the last time she saw her youngest grandchild was Easter Sunday.

"He just come by," the grandmother said. "And still had that smile on his face. He said I love you grandma as he always did. He stayed around in the kitchen and then he said I see you grandma."

The grandmother says she will now cherish the moments she had with her grandson.

"I'm going to miss him though," Dunn said. "It hurts."

Police have interviewed several witnesses who were near the home or inside the home at the time of the shooting. Bennett's mother, Candy McKnight, believes the shooting was drug related.

She told WBTV someone was after her son since Friday.

"[They were] shooting at him," McKnight said. "But he didn't kill him, so it all came about last night."

McKnight says people told her someone knocked at the door where her son was shot. They told her someone asked for him and that's when she was told her son was shot.

"They told me that my son had been shot maybe 4 or 5 times," the mother said. "And they couldn't save him."

The mother remembers the last time she saw her son.

"I talked to him," McKnight said. "I gave him a hug and a kiss. You just never know you - just never know."

Police spent several hours at the crime scene gathering evidence. They hope it will lead to a killer. Family members hope so too. They want peace of mind knowing their relative's killer has been caught.

"That's the only son I had," the mother said. "And I am never going to see him again ever. So they took me son away from me."

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