Police identify two people found shot, dead in a car spotted down an embankment

CMPD investigates double homicide

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Police responded to a vehicle spotted down an embankment Saturday morning to discover the man and woman inside the car had been killed.

The call for service came in around 6:50 a.m. on the 1400 block of Atando Avenue, east of Statesville Avenue and Interstate 77. It is being investigated as a double homicide.

Homicide detectives are canvassing the area to determine whether there were any additional witnesses, other than the resident who called it in.

The victims were identified by police as 35-year-old Siojvon Joseph and Asa Shannon. Their families have been notified of their death according to police.

Police say the two were found with gunshot wounds.

While the investigation is ongoing and a motive has not been revealed, city leaders want to end the violence. Willie Ratchford is the Executive Director for the Community Relations Committee. He says programs the city is implementing will deal with conflict resolutions. He believes having those type of help will make a difference.

“Perhaps they can talk their way out of it,” Community Relations Committee Executive Director Willie Ratchford said. “As opposed to thinking that I have to hurt someone, or use homicide or violence as a way to resolve conflict.”

After nearly 110 homicides happening in Charlotte in 2019, Ratchford was hoping for a peaceful 2020. Just 11 days into the new year there have been three homicide investigations. The Executive Director told staff wouldn’t it be great in the month of January there would be no homicides. Ratchford believes the issue is a community problem.

“If we are going to successfully address this homicide and other crime in the community,” Ratchford said. “We have to understand that community safety is the job of police officers and citizens actually working together.”

This is an active investigation and no further information was released.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a homicide detective. They can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. There is a reward of up to $5,000 for information that could lead to an arrest.

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