A man leaving a south Charlotte restaurant was shot and killed late Monday directly in front of the building, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

CMPD identified the victim as Domingo Venancio-Tapia, 41.

The department did not say what led to the shooting, and no arrest was announced as of early Tuesday.

The shooting was reported at 10:54 p.m. just outside Restaurante Lempira, which is in the 5900 block of South Boulevard.

When police arrived, they found an adult male directly in front of the restaurant with a gunshot wound. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

CMPD said the victim had been inside the restaurant and was shot within a few minutes of leaving the building.

The killing pushed Charlotte’s homicide count to 44 as of April 29. On Sunday, three people were killed and two were injured in unrelated shootings around the city. This time last year, CMPD had investigated 14 homicides.

Department leaders say they are at a loss to explain the sudden spike in killings. Meanwhile, Chief Kerr Putney has decried what he describes as a growing tendency among young males to “settle minor disputes with guns.”

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