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Man killed by stray bullet near Charlotte hotel hours after woman stabbed in separate killing

Updated: Aug. 18, 2020 at 6:00 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A man was killed by a stray bullet near a hotel in southwest Charlotte early Tuesday morning. A short time earlier, police say a woman was fatally stabbed across town in a separate incident.

The latest killing happened just before 2 a.m. at a City Inn off of Nations Ford Road near Archdale Drive.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say officers responded to the sound of gunfire at the hotel and located two men with gunshot wounds. Both men were taken to the hospital, where one of the victims died. The second man suffered minor injuries.

Police say the shooting stemmed from a fight between a group of people. Police said the man who was killed wasn’t involved with the fight, instead was coming outside to see what was going on.

“This was somebody in no way shape or form was involved in the altercation that led to the unfortunate outcome,” said Major Ryan Butler with CMPD.

“He just heard some commotion outside, he didn’t know what was going on, he just looked at his window and hit by a stray bullet,” said the victim’s friend Quashon Powell.

Powell says his friend was a father, full of energy and was outgoing.

People who live in the area were surprised it happened by a stray bullet but said crime in the area isn’t uncommon.

“That’s crazy that a man was shot by a stray bullet. I could have been out here shot,” said one person walking by.

“A stray bullet that’s crazy. That’s kind of died down in this area a little bit, but it’s crazy but not surprising,” said Raymond Bruton, who lives across the street.

Police have not yet released the victim’s name.

A second homicide happened about 20 minutes away just a couple hours prior. In that case, police say a woman was fatally stabbed. It happened around midnight at an apartment complex off East W.T. Harris Boulevard.

That woman was identified at 36-year-old Tyra McRae. No other details were provided.

These two homicides are the 75th and 76th of the year according to CMPD. So far 11 more people were killed in 2020 compared to the same time in 2019.

Police are asking for anyone with information to come forward by calling Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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