Brother of Ballantyne murder victim speaks about what led to shooting

The twin brother of a man who was shot and killed outside of a Ballantyne bar spoke to FOX 46 Charlotte in an exclusive interview about the moments that led up to the deadly shooting.

Jermaine Travis Stuckey, 44, was shot and killed outside of the Blue Olive Lounge off Conlan Circle during the early morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 22.

The Blue Olive is located in the heart of the Ballantyne Quad.

Stuckey's brother, James Stuckey, was with him when the shooting happened.

"One shot, one kill," James Stuckey said.

James Stuckey said he and his brother went to the Blue Olive to socialize earlier that evening. He said when they were leaving the bar, a fight had broken out that was-- in his words-- unrelated to them.

"I just want to know what happened, why it happened," James Stuckey said.

It was during that fight, he said a man who appeared to have been involved in the altercation, hopped out of a car and fired a shot towards the crowd before leaving the scene.

That shot he said, ended up hitting his brother, who he called an "innocent bystander," in the neck. 

"All I know is he said, 'Bro, what happened?' He said, 'What did I do?' I said, 'You didn't do nothing, bro, just hold tight.' And the next thing I know, he was gone."

CMPD has obtained a first-degree murder warrant for Marquis Smith, who is said to be "armed and dangerous."

CMPD has declined to comment on what it believes led to the shooting or what information it has on the suspected killer.

"You took an innocent man's life for no reason, at all," James Stuckey said.

This is the Ballantyne community's first homicide investigation since 2012. 

CMPD has conducted seven homicide investigations in Ballantyne, including one double-homicide, since 2007.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call CMPD Crimestoppers at 704-334-1600.

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