Man dies near uptown Charlotte, homicide investigation underway

Man dies near uptown Charlotte, homicide investigation underway

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Police in Charlotte are investigating a homicide after a man was killed over the weekend near uptown Charlotte.

The man, identified Tuesday as 38-year-old Joseph Bellamy, was found around 1:11 p.m. Saturday in the 900 block of N. College Street. Police said Bellamy died at the scene from "unknown trauma."

After a review by the Medical Examiner's Office, the case was ruled a homicide.

Law enforcement sources told WBTV that Bellamy was homeless and was found in a field near the Urban Ministry Center.

Sources said that a medical examiner determined Bellamy's body had a bullet wound.

Angelique Landry, a homeless woman living in the area, told WBTV that she heard gunshots Saturday morning and found Bellamy's body a few hours later.

She said she didn't get up to see where the shots were coming from when she initially heard them, but later had to use the restroom and noticed Bellamy's body as she was walking through the vacant lot.

"I saw the baseball hat here and then I saw his arm and his body was laying there," explained Landry.

She said she tried to communicate with the lifeless person and got no response. She got some of her friends to take a look at the body and then called 9-1-1.

Landry said she did know Bellamy and considered him a friend.

"Joseph had a real big smile and like I keep seeing his face," said Landry.

She said she wasn't sure what led up to Bellamy's death, but noted that living as a homeless person can be challenging and dangerous for a variety of reasons.

"Drug use is common. Violence is common. You just have to be aware," said Landry.

Law enforcement sources say there are currently no suspects in the case.

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

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