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Surveillance video obtained, suspects sought in Charlotte homicide

Raymond Johnson III (Photo courtesy family) Raymond Johnson III (Photo courtesy family)
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WBTV obtained surveillance video connected to Charlotte's 54th homicide of 2017 that happened Thursday night. 

The shooting happened around 8 p.m. on the 600 block of Fugate Avenue, near the intersection with Monroe Road in east Charlotte. Officials say 43-year-old Raymond Johnson III was shot inside a vehicle, which then crashed into a utility pole.

Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say no one else was in the vehicle.

“There was shell casings all over the ground here. They extended the crime scene,” said Raymond Jackson, a witness. “It does not make sense, it is crazy, it is scary.”

Surveillance video released Friday shows a white van pull across Fugate Ave. into a small parking area and out of frame. Johnson's vehicle then appears, traveling backward into the street before going back off the road into a utility pole. 

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The white van can then be seen speeding back onto the road and quickly driving away. 

Police say the van was found late Thursday night. The person or people in the van are still being sought.

The family says that Johnson was a manager at the pawn shop and was just closing up for the night when the shooting happened.

"Raymond was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle and friend. He would give his last to anyone in need. This is a difficult time for us and we would appreciate it if everyone would respect our privacy," said the family.

Friends stopped by the pawn shop Friday to pay their respects.

"He was the same person at work that he was off work. He was upfront, forthcoming. He would give you the shirt off his back,” said Cassius Alexander, a friend of Johnson. “That is why he liked the pawn shop business because he liked to help people that were in emergency situations.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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