CMPD: Man found shot to death in wooded area near church identified

- UPDATE:  The victim has been identified as Damien Alonzo Mackins II, 19. Police continue to investigate.

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A homicide investigation is underway after a man's body was found shot to death in a wooded area near a northeast Charlotte church Friday morning, police said. 

The deceased man was found at 9:49 a.m. Friday, Feb. 2 in the 9100 block of Newell Baptist Church Road after someone had called 911 for 'a welfare check.'

CMPD officers said the man was found with an apparent gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead on scene. His identity will be released pending family notification. 

Detectives with the Homicide Unit have responded to the scene and are canvassing the area to determine whether there are any witnesses to this incident. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. 

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