CMPD: Gaston homicide, Charlotte shooting connected

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Ranlo Police found a body in the trunk of a car that had been set on fire in the parking lot of Warlick Academy in Gaston County. Later, Charlotte detectives discovered a separate shooting in Charlotte is likely connected to the Gaston County homicide.

CMPD found a man with a life-threatening gun shot wound when they responded to the 6600 block of Woodland Circle in Charlotte Wednesday afternoon. While detectives were investigating that scene, they found out about the car fire and homicide at Warlick Academy.

Police identified the man they found dead in Gaston County as Norris Martin, 34. They've arrested James Evans, 28, and charged him with murder, robbery, kidnapping, and other charges.

Police believe the people involved in this case knew each other.