Kannapolis Police searching for murder suspect after one person shot and killed

Police tell WBTV a 26-year-old was killed in shooting last night at the Kannapolis Commons Shopping Center.
Police tell us a 26-year-old was killed in shooting last night at the Kannapolis Commons Shopping Center.
Published: Jun. 22, 2022 at 10:26 PM EDT
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KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (WBTV) - The Kannapolis Police Department is searching for a suspect after one person was shot and killed Wednesday night.

Police tell WBTV a 26-year-old was killed in shooting last night at the Kannapolis Commons Shopping Center.

Officers arrived at the scene near Fairview and S. Cannon Boulevard after receiving 911 calls in the area.

Witnesses say it was gruesome scene that unfolded in front of a pizza restaurant.

Family members are still in shock today nearly 24 hours after Kenon Jones was killed.

WBTV talked to a witness about what they saw before, during and after shots were fired in that plaza.

Workers spent the morning power washing the parking lot where just hours earlier a person had been shot.

“Everything that went down was a tragedy,” said Renita Garlin, a cousin of the victim.

Family members placed balloons at the parking lot where Kenon Jones was killed, something the family is still trying to process.

“He was a good young man, he didn’t bother nobody, he was a hard worker, he’s never been to jail, he didn’t get into no trouble at all,” said Garlin.

WBTV talked to a witness who didn’t want to be identified but described the gruesome scene.

The witness said, “I heard the shot, then I seen the guy with a hole here then he fell on the ground, blood coming out of his shoulder, then I heard the second shot.”

The witness said the Jones stumbled through the parking lot before he collapsed.

“As soon as that SUV backed up and left, I’m on the phone with 911 trying to get him some help,” said the witness.

First responders attempted to save Jones, but he died from his injuries.

The witness tells WBTV the shooter was driving a black SUV, but they didn’t see what the shooter looked like.

“I didn’t see the shooter, because I’m on this side and he was on the other side, the SUV had me blocked from seeing him,” said the witness.

The family is asking for prayers and wants something to be done about gun violence.

The witness added, “just sad that they lost a loved one.”

“This right here is just the second day of it so we just taking it one minute, one second at a time,” said Garlin.

Police are searching for the person, or people involved in this crime, but no description has been given.

If you have information about this incident or any others, you are urged to contact the Kannapolis Police Department at 704-920-4000.

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