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Newspaper carrier found shot to death near Bearden Park

The dead man was identified as Walter “Wes” Scott Jr., 65, who worked for a company contracted to deliver The Charlotte Observer.

A man identified as a newspaper carrier was found shot to death early Wednesday near a popular tourist destination in uptown Charlotte, and a second man found in the area was being treated for a gunshot wound, according to CMPD and published reports.

The dead man was identified as Walter “Wes” Scott Jr., age 65. Scott worked for a company contracted to deliver The Charlotte Observer; he had worked delivering newspapers in uptown for more than 30 years, the Observer reported.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department did not immediately identify the second man who was shot.

CMPD was notified of the shooting at 2:20 a.m. when a call came in about an assault with a deadly weapon in the 300 block of W. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, which is near the popular Romare Bearden Park and the Charlotte Knights baseball stadium.

When officers arrival, they found a man lying in the street with an apparent gunshot wound. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

As additional officers were going to the scene, they were stopped by a second male, who told police he had been shot. He was taken to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment of a non-life threatening gunshot wound, CMPD said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS to speak with a homicide detective, or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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