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Man arrested in Rhode Island in connection with east Charlotte homicide

Published: Jun. 15, 2021 at 5:55 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2021 at 7:37 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - An arrest has been made in the shooting death of 26-year-old Dontae Cornelius Kennedy.

The shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. June 15 on Waterwood Lane near Pennwood Lane, off of The Plaza. Police say they arrived to find an unconscious man, later identified as Kennedy, with multiple gunshot wounds. Medic pronounced him dead on scene.

Saquaine Lewis was arrested June 22 in Rhode Island in connection with Kennedy’s death. Lewis will be extradited to North Carolina at a later date and charged with murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Kennedy turned 26 the day before.

Kennedy’s death is the 49th homicide in Charlotte this year. At this same time in 2020, there had been 40 homicides.

Neighbors say it’s not out of the ordinary to hear gunshots at night every so often but a homicide investigation is surprising to them. One neighbor said he heard more than a dozen gunshots.

“It was a lot of gunshots. I didn’t stay outside too long to see what was going on. But I knew something was wrong, I knew something was very wrong,” said Marquis Rushing.

His kids are staying with him for the next month and said it’s scary to imagine more crime happening in the neighborhood.

”It’s kind of sickening. This community, this street, this neighborhood is filled with older people and younger kids. And it’s kind of scary to know we can’t even go to a public park,” he said.

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