Man accused of shooting and killing girlfriend in north Charlotte

- A man has been charged with murder after his girlfriend was found shot to death early Wednesday morning just north of uptown Charlotte, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. 

Thomas Henry McCray, 34, is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Shikeither Dinetta Smith, 35. Her family has been notified of her death. 

Officers were called to the 1500 block of Newcastle Street at 6:48 a.m. for reports of shots fired. 

As police arrived on scene, they located a woman, identified as Smith, with an apparent gunshot wound. She was pronounced dead on scene by Medic. 

A person of interest at the time, McCray, was located on scene and taken to police headquarters where he was interviewed by Homicide Detectives. He was arrested following the interview.

It was determined that Smith and McCray had been in a long-term relationship. 

This remains an open and ongoing investigation. 

Anyone with further information on this homicide is asked to call (704) 432-TIPS. The public can also call Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600. 

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