CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police charged a man with murder after he reportedly drove himself to a Steele Creek police station and told detectives he fatally shot his girlfriend.

According to CMPD, the suspect, identified as Michael Duane Brown, 31, drove to the station just before 2 a.m. Thursday and said the deadly shooting happened inside an apartment in the 10700 block of Point South Drive.

When police arrived at the scene, they found the victim, identified as Whitney Jo King, 27, dead from multiple gunshot wounds. Detectives also found an infant who was not harmed during the shooting.

Michael Duane Brown mugshot
Michael Duane Brown
Mecklenburg County Jail

After interviewing with detectives, Brown was charged with King's murder. The child has been taken into the temporary custody of DSS during the investigation.

“It took us all by surprise,” said Dan.

He lives in the building next door and was stunned when he heard there was a baby who now doesn’t have a mother.

“That is certainly one of the worst things about this and gives us all the more reason to pray for everyone involved,” Dan said.

He added the case is an important reminder “to love each other and to be together to see that things like this don't happen. Because, I believe that it could have been prevented.”

Brown appeared before a Mecklenburg County judge Thursday afternoon and was appointed a public defender. He is due in court for a bond hearing on May 23rd.

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