CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A homicide investigation is underway after a person was reportedly shot and killed in east Charlotte April 9.
The incident happened before 12:45 p.m. at an apartment complex on Parkland Circle, which is just off E. W.T. Harris Boulevard near Albemarle Road. Medic confirmed one person was pronounced dead at the scene but did not give further details.
The victim has been identified as Ashford Trokon Peal Jr.
Malik Dashon Jordan was arrested and charged with first degree murder in Peal’s death on May 6.
Angelo Hancock, a resident of Parkland Commons, said he was not surprised to hear about the deadly shooting.
“I don’t know the age of the victim or whatever happened. I just know the youth is out of control right now so anything is possible. The weather’s breaking. The city’s back open,” explained Hancock.
He said he had lost his own son, Deontray Love, to gun violence in 2019. Love was shot and killed after a fight in an east Charlotte neighborhood. He was just 19 years old. Hancock spoke about moving forward after dealing with the tragedy.
“I still deal with it. It’s a day to day challenge. You have good days. You have bad days. He was 19. He’s supposed to be burying me and his mom, not the other way around and a lot of these kids don’t get it. They live for the moment. A lot of them don’t expect to be past 25 anyway,” said Hancock.
Police have been called out to Parkland Commons for shootings in years past. Officers responded to the complex after a shooting in October of 2019. Police said two people walked into an apartment and shot a man.
Detectives also responded to the complex in March of 2016 after a shooting left multiple people hurt and one person dead.
Police have not explained what led to Friday’s most recent shooting in Parkland Commons. Hancock said he isn’t going to let the violence scare him.
“The city’s growing. It’s spreading out, so you can get crime anywhere if you stay to yourself, but if you’re into the crime, the crime’s gonna follow you no matter where you go, so that’s why I tell you if you do what you’re supposed to do, you’ll be alright,” said Hancock.
Anyone with information about the incident should call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.