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Victims of double homicide in southeast Charlotte identified by police

Records show highs, lows for Charlotte homicides

Police in Charlotte, N.C. have been tracking homicides since 1971. Here’s how recent numbers compare.
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Police in Charlotte, N.C. have been tracking homicides since 1971. Here’s how recent numbers compare.

Two men were shot and killed at a southeast Charlotte apartment complex Sunday morning, and a third man was injured, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said.

The double homicide victims were Gerardo Arellano-Sanchez, 33, and Miguel Angel Molina Cruz, 31, according to police. Hugo Arellano-Sanchez, 24, was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with serious injuries.

The shootings happened on Electra Lane, near Independence Boulevard. Officers arrived at the scene just before 1 a.m. after responding to a call about an assault with a deadly weapon, according to CMPD.

After arriving at the scene, police found the three men outside an apartment building. Police have not released any information about suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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Jane Wester is a Charlotte native and has been covering criminal justice and public safety for The Charlotte Observer since May 2017.
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