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Two men shot, killed as events happened near Charlotte businesses, police say

CMPD confirmed they had started a homicide investigation through an alert sent from their app.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Medic confirmed two people died after a shooting in Charlotte unfolded Friday evening.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department confirmed the identities of the two victims on Sunday, May 1, as Shariff Oliphant, 23, and Trey Anthony McClendon, 21. 

CMDPD said they started a homicide investigation after at least one person was found dead in the Oakview Terrace area Friday evening.

According to an alert from CMPD's app, it happened along Montana Drive, just northeast of Tennessee Avenue and off of Interstate 85. While the exact location of the investigation wasn't disclosed in the initial alert, CMPD noted it was along the 700 block of Montana Drive, near Doughnut Peddler and a group of businesses at the Corridor Business Park.

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Later in the evening, Medic said two people were declared dead at the scene by their own paramedics. A person saying they were a witness told WCNC Charlotte reporter Austin Walker a group of people were outside when someone else approached the group and started firing.

WCNC Charlotte later heard from CMPD during an on-scene news briefing. CMPD said the call for the shooting came in around 7:15 p.m. One man was found dead on the ground, while another was found in a car.

Officers report the shooting unfolded near the backside of a business complex, and that there were a few events happening at the time, including an art-related event. Investigators are still processing the scene and are seeking statements from other witnesses. Surveillance footage from businesses in the area is also being sought.

CMPD notes some people may not have seen what happened but may have heard something or seen cars drive away from the area. They also say there is no identification yet for whoever the shooter was. Anyone who could provide information is urged to call them at 704-432-TIPS. Anonymous tips can also be phoned in to Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or shared online.

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