21-year-old charged after deadly shooting near Uptown

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A man has been arrested after another man was found shot to death near Uptown on Tuesday, according to authorities.

Algia Clark Jr, 21, is charged in the murder of A'mari McCaskill. An investigation led detectives to Clark and he was taken into custody without incident on Saturday.

Officers were seen swarming the 1400 block of W. Trade Street west of I-77 just after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday where a caller had reported an assault with a deadly weapon. 

Upon arrival, officers found a man with a gunshot wound. The victim, identified as 20-year-old Amari McCaskill, was taken to the hospital by Medic with a life threatening injury. He was later pronounced dead. 

A Bojangles employee tells FOX 46 the incident occurred in the restaurant parking lot, and witnesses say two people were fighting right before they heard a single shot.

FOX 46 cameras were rolling when CMPD placed someone in the back of a police car in handcuffs, but have not confirmed the details at this time. 

An emergency email was sent to students at Johnson C. Smith University, warning them of a possible active shooter on or near the school's campus. They were reminded to shelter in place and run, hide or fight if they must.


No additional information has been released at this time. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 704-334-1600.