Suspect known to slain teen, police say

Suspect known to slain teen, police say

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by DIANA RUGG / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on November 9, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 7:55 AM

GASTONIA, N.C. -- Gastonia police believe a Hunter Huss High School senior shot to death Saturday night knew the gunman who killed him.

Brandon McCall, 17, died after police said he was shot near W. Garrison Blvd., and then crashed his car.

Police officers didn't realize McCall had been shot until after they arrived at the car accident scene.

Authorities do not believe the incident was a random act of violence.  Police describe the suspect as man in his late teens or early 20s.

Sunday, McCall's classmates at Hunter Huss painted the school rock in his memory. 

Noah Sale and a friend also painted the parking spot McCall would park in each day.  Sale described McCall as a happy person who was liked by everyone.

The shooting surprised him.

"We have no clue why anything like that would happen, we don't know who wouldn't like Brandon or anything like that," said Sale. 

A mother and daughter who rushed to help recalled how they held McCall as he lay injured after the wreck.

"I didn't know the boy had been shot until police got on the scene and I heard people say, 'There's a bullet hole, there's a bullet hole,'" said Betty Rhyne.

Her daughter Stephanie recognized the car as McCall's right away.

"You could just see him shaking in the car," said Stephanie. "And that's what was pitiful and sad -- that boy was a good boy. I don't see why somebody would shoot at his car."

Stephanie Rhyne said McCall was a senior at Hunter Huss High School, and expected to graduate this year.

Police have not released the location of the shooting, but Betty Rhyne believes it was near where McCall wrecked his car because he had just pulled out onto W. Garrison Blvd. before he wrecked.

Two other people were in the car.

If you have any information on this case, you're asked to call Gastonia Police at (704) 866-6702,

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