Man shot while driving on I-485, dies after calling police at south Charlotte 7-Eleven, authorities say

Police said the man was driving on Interstate 485 in Steele Creek when someone shot him.
Police are searching for the person who shot and killed a man on Interstate 485 in Charlotte.
Published: Aug. 18, 2022 at 4:43 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – A homicide investigation is underway in the 8000 block of South Tryon Street, near West Arrowood Road.

Shortly before 2 o’clock this morning, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) responded to an assault with a deadly weapon with injury call for service in the area.

Once at a 7-Eleven gas station, officers say they found a man who had been shot.

Leading up to this, police say the 26-year old victim, later identified as Dermaine Perea, was alone in a car.

They believe he was traveling along I-485 when he was shot, shortly before arriving at the gas station.

Police believe the victim called 911.

Perea later died at the hospital.

“It is concerning,” CMPD Major Brad Koch said. “We utilize and leverage our technology that we have to try to see from a camera perspective, if we can find anything on camera, and certainly we have one scene behind us and we’re trying to find the actual location where the shooting happened to see if there’s any sort of firearm, shell casings, and things like that.”

Police say there is no suspect description at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak with a Homicide Unit detective.

You can also leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.

Related: CMPD investigating three homicides overnight Saturday

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