Man shot to death in city's fifth homicide this week

Man shot to death in city's fifth homicide this week

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by NewsChannel 36 staff

WCNC.com

Posted on May 20, 2010 at 4:25 AM

Updated Friday, May 21 at 11:51 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Police say they believe the city's fifth homicide this week was not a random act of violence.

Jermaine Marque McJunkin, 23, was shot to death at about 11 p.m. Wednesday on Mattoon Street near Beatties Ford Road in Charlotte. When police arrived they found McJunkin on the ground behind a unit at the West Down Apartments.

"I heard multiple gunshots last night," said resident Keirra Racer, who lives in a unit near the shooting scene. "I'm thinking the bullets are going to come through the window, and I had my baby cousin in the house, so we all jumped on the ground."

As investigators combed the scene for evidence, police had to separate a very emotional crowd that gathered nearby.

Police have not released information on a possible motive, but neighbors say they believe the shooting was retaliation.

"I don't know if it's drug-related, but some of the people said that the guy was robbing people and it probably went bad," said resident Clifton Clinkscales.

The shooting death was the fifth in Charlotte since Sunday.

Devon Clement, an Independence High School graduate, was shot and killed outside the Cookout restaurant on Sugar Creek Road early Sunday morning.

Police say 21-year-old Dominique McGriff and 23-year-old Tia Mitchell were driving on Morning Drive near West Boulevard when they were shot at about 11 p.m. Sunday.

Michael Pernell Smith was shot on Camrose Drive on Sunday night. He died a day later.

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