Police identify man killed in shooting in northeast Charlotte’s Highland Park neighborhood

The incident happened in the Highland Park neighborhood.
Medic pronounced the victim dead at the scene. A CMPD report identified him as 56-year-old Ralph Hammond.
Published: Sep. 23, 2022 at 11:29 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 26, 2022 at 10:57 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) is investigating a homicide in northeast Charlotte after a person was shot and killed Friday night.

The shooting happened shortly before 10 p.m. on Deaton Hill Drive, which is in the Highland Park neighborhood.

Once at the scene, officers found a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Medic pronounced the victim dead at the scene. A CMPD report identified him as 56-year-old Ralph Hammond.

Family members said Hammond was a former football coach at Mallard Creek High School. He also started a weightlifting program in his garage to train players.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools released the following statement:

“Coach Ralph was a beloved part of the Mallard Creek High School community as a volunteer coach. Our volunteer coaches dedicate their valuable time and resources to working with student athletes and we cannot express the depth of our gratitude for the work they do. Coach Ralph mentored many student athletes and his legacy will be long-lasting in the Creek community. Our thoughts are with his loved ones during this difficult time.”

The homicide was the third in the Charlotte area within a 24-hour period. The others happened in the Steele Creek and Albemarle Road areas.

Police say the investigation is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit detective. The public can also leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or by visiting their website.

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