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1 killed following early morning homicide in Steele Creek

The victim was found in a car parked outside the 7-Eleven on South Tryon Street near Interstate 485 in Steele Creek.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A man died after being found shot in front of a convenience store in southwest Charlotte early Thursday morning, police said. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were called to the 7-Eleven near the interchange of South Tryon Street and Interstate 485 around 2 a.m. When officers got to the scene, they found a 26-year-old man in a vehicle parked in front of the store. The victim, who has since been identified as Dermaine Perea, was rushed to a hospital where he died from his injuries. 

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Multiple CSI agents were on the scene collecting evidence from the vehicle the victim was found in. A clerk at the store said the man drove there after being shot on I-485. Officers at the scene told WCNC Charlotte's Richard DeVayne they were investigating an incident on Edgegreen Drive, but CMPD didn't say if the two were related. 

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Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit detective.  Detective Pack is the lead detective assigned to this case.  The public can also leave information anonymously with Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/

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