CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police arrested a teenager in connection with the city's 70th homicide after a man was fatally shot near uptown Monday.
According to CMPD, officers responded to the Church's Chicken in the 1700 block of West Trade Street a little before 1 p.m. Family members identified the victim was 20-year-old Trent Montgomery. CMPD identified the victim as Trenton Malik Stevenson, 21.
The suspect was identified as 18-year-old Raheem Amontae House. CMPD charged House with murder and carrying a concealed weapon. He is currently being held in the Mecklenburg County Jail.
A customer said she heard several shots ring out before the victim collapsed and the armed suspect ran off.
"We came outside and saw the guy collapse on the ground," said Angel Wise. "I just heard about four or five shots go off. After that, I turned around and saw somebody running off with a gun."
CMPD located a suspect a short time after circling the area with a helicopter. Investigators said the suspect matched the description of the person who was in the parking lot during the altercation.
Police say the man was taken into custody on gun charges but not arrested for the murder at the time.
“It hurts when we have to see this happen in our neighborhood,” said Antonio Brown, a friend of Montgomery's, who just saw him on Sunday.
“Every day, we had these conversations like, ‘be careful out here man, I love you if I don’t get to see you again’,” said Brown. “But you never think the last time you see somebody could actually be the last time you see them.”
The homicide raises questions that even police can't answer.
“We’re looking for the algorithm as to why,” said CMPD Major Smith.
“He walked away from a lot of bad things trying to do some good, but I guess he didn’t do it in time,” said Brown.
Police say they will likely be on the murder scene for several hours. It’s an active and ongoing investigation.