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According to police, two men got into an argument at a home in the 5900 block of The Plaza then pulled out guns and fatally shot one another. (Photo: Glenn H. Burkins)

An altercation in east Charlotte left two men dead from gunshot wounds, Police said Thursday.

One of the victims, 21-year-old Daquan Alston, died at the scene. A second male, later identified as Demetrius Goode, 23, died a short time later at Carolinas Medical Center.

According to The Charlotte Observer, a CMPD official said the two men were arguing then pulled out guns and fatally shot each other. Police said no other suspects were involved, the Observer reported.

Neighbors told the Observer that one of the men had accused the other of breaking into his car and stealing, although police didn’t corroborate that detail, saying the case was still under investigation.

“The victims knew each other,” Lt. Jeff Harless, who oversees police operations in that part of the city, was quoted as saying. “They were involved in a verbal altercation first. They are not strangers to each other.” Harless wouldn’t elaborate on how the men knew each other, but he said they weren’t related.

The shooting happened just after 2 p.m. in the 5900 block of The Plaza. When officers arrived, the found both men suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

As rush hour traffic backed up near the shooting scene on The Plaza, detectives were still at the scent late Thursday collecting evidence.

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

Editor’s Note: This article was updated to include the name of Demetrius Goode, whose name was initially withheld by authorities pending family notification.

Founder and publisher of Qcitymetro, Glenn has worked at newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Wall Street Journal and The Charlotte Observer.