Man gunned down outside Charlotte fast food joint identified, suspect charged

- A suspect is in custody after police say he killed a man in the parking lot of a busy west Charlotte fast food restaurant.

The shooting occurred just before 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2 at 1735 W Trade Street at Church's Chicken, just as customers were having lunch. 

Angel Wise, who had come inside the restaurant, tells FOX 46 Charlotte that he spotted the shooter in the parking lot.

"I just head about four or five shots go off. After that I turned around and I just saw somebody running with a gun." Wise said.

Officers say they found a male victim, identified as 21-year-old Trenton Malik Stevenson, in the parking lot with an apparent gunshot wound. He was taken to Carolinas Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.

Witnesses gave police a description of the gunman and they were able to track him down, not far from the shooting scene.

"This pattern of homicide, this increase, we can;t quite put our finger on it. Previous increases could be related to gang violence, to domestic violence, to drugs. This is just all over the place," said Maj. Gerald Smith with CMPD. 

The gunman, who police have identified as 18-year-old Raheem Amontae House, is charged with murder and carrying a concealed weapon. He is in the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office.

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