Charlotte records its third homicide in 2 days — a man killed outside a convenience store

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police at the scene of a fatal shooting outside a convenience store in northeast Charlotte, January 27, 2019. (Photo: Qcitymetro.com)

Police late Sunday were investigating a fatal shooting outside a convenience store in northeast Charlotte – the city’s third homicide of the weekend.

The shooting was reported at 6.42 p.m. outside a Shell gas station and convenience store in the 13700 block of Mallard Creek Road. When police arrived, they found a man lying near a gas pump with an apparent gunshot wound. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

Authorities later identified the victim as Patrick Alonzo Alston, 36. Police did not mention a motive or suspect in the case.

The killing follows two shootings late Friday that ended the lives of a 63-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man.

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

Editor’s Note: This article was updated to include the victim’s name.

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