Police in Mecklenburg and Gaston counties are investigating a possible connection between two incidents, miles apart, that left one man dead and a second with life-threatening injuries.
At 4:28 p.m. Wednesday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police responded to a call in the 6600 block of Woodland Circle in northwest Charlotte, where they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to Carolinas Medical Center in critical condition.
While officers were still at the crime scene investigating, CMPD detectives were notified that the Ranlo Police Department in Gaston County had found a person dead inside a burning vehicle near Warlick Elementary School on Spencer Mountain Road.
Investigators said the two incidents appear to be related and that the subjects were known to one another, but authorities did not describe the nature of connection.
Anyone with information is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective, or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com.