Man fatally shot after dispute at east Charlotte sweepstakes, police say

CMPD is investigating a homicide after a man was shot to death at an east Charlotte sweepstakes parlor Wednesday morning.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are investigating after a man was found shot to death in east Charlotte overnight.

According to CMPD, officers responded to a reported shooting at Queen City Skillsville in the 5600 block of Albemarle Road just after midnight. When officers arrived, they found Julian Anthony Harris, 32, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Harris was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators initially said two people inside the business got into an argument when Harris went outside and returned with a handgun. However, after investigating police said Harris and an unknown male accomplice entered the Sweepstakes business in an attempt to rob it. 

The manager of the business told NBC Charlotte that the shooting followed an attempted armed robbery. The manager and multiple witnesses said two men burst into the business with guns, telling people to get on the ground before the security guard shot one of the suspects. 

Harris was reportedly armed with a handgun and pointed it at one of the Sweepstakes' staff members, prompting the on-duty armed security guard to fire his weapon. Police said the guard fired one shot and struck Harris.

"They were trying to rob the place," said the manager. "Our security guard protected our customers and handled the situation."

Police said Harris and the unknown suspect ran from the business. Harris was found dead in a wooded area behind the business.

"I'm happy they didn't hurt anyone, and now someone is dead because of foolishness," said one witness. "It's just sad." 

Authorities have not yet found the second suspect.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. 

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