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Man wanted for murder of man killed by stray bullet near Charlotte hotel arrested

CMPD is requesting help finding 25-year-old Dallas Deonta Dawkins, wanted for the murder of...
CMPD is requesting help finding 25-year-old Dallas Deonta Dawkins, wanted for the murder of Rafael Reyes on August 18, 2020.(CMPD)
Updated: Sep. 2, 2020 at 5:04 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Charlotte police say a man wanted for the murder of another man who was killed by a stray bullet near a hotel in mid-August is now in custody.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department say 25-year-old Dallas Deonta Dawkins turned himself in voluntarily on Tuesday. He is charged with murder, assault with deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, and discharging weapon into occupied property.

Dawkins was wanted for the August 18 murder of Rafael Reyes.

Reyes was killed by a stray bullet near a hotel in southwest Charlotte in the early morning hours. The killing happened just before 2 a.m. at a City Inn off of Nations Ford Road near Archdale Drive.

CMPD says 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, identified as Reyes, 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.

Anyone with further information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.

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