16-year-old charged in shooting death of teen found lying in driveway

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in connection to the shooting death of an 18-year-old who was found lying dead in the driveway of a southeast Charlotte home in November. 

Scott Bryan Penaloza, 16, is charged with the murder of 18-year-old Jaqual Bennett. 

The shooting happened around 3:40 a.m. Saturday, November 4 in the 1800 block of Village Lake Drive. 

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Upon arrival, authorities found Bennett lying in the driveway of a home. He was pronounced dead on scene. During the investigation, CMPD detectives identified Penazola as a suspect in this case and obtained a warrant for his arrest. 

Earlier Thursday morning, VCAT located and arrested Penaloza without incident. He is currently being held at the Mecklenburg County Jail.