Man shot and killed in Morning Breeze Lane homicide identified

One person is dead following a shooting incident Friday in northwest Charlotte, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.  

The shooting happened at 4:32 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 in the 5400 block of Morning Breeze Lane. 

Upon arrival, officers said they located 52-year-old Thomas Louis Beatty Jr. laying in the yard with an apparent gunshot wound. 

Officers said Beatty Jr. was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Shortly after, he was pronounced dead at the hospital. 

One neighbor that spoke with FOX 46 Charlotte said multiple bullet holes were found in his home.

"Two in the living room, three in my daughter's bedroom, two in her play room and one in the window," said Patricio Ponce. 

Early information gathered on scene by detectives indicate that Beatty Jr. and suspect knew one another, and this shooting was drug related. 

This deadly shooting marks the seventh homicide in the City in just 13 days. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police held a news conference Friday following the murders: 

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During Friday's news conference, the number of Crime Stoppers tips was mentioned. Below are the number of tips received for 2015, 2016 and so far this year. 

2015: 2,454

2016: 2,301

2017: 69 (so far) 

The investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective.  Detective Neblett is the lead detective assigned to the case.  The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.