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North Carolina man kills woman in parking lot in drive-by shooting, police say

north carolina man kills woman in drive by shooting in parking lot
Source: Kannapolis Police Department, Mega

Apr. 20 2021, Updated 9:53 a.m. ET

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A North Carolina woman was sitting in a convenience store parking lot when police say she was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting.

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When Kannapolis, North Carolina, police arrived on the scene, the woman, now identified as Lena Morgan, 24, was pronounced dead, authorities said.

During their investigation, police learned the incident was a drive-by shooting in the parking lot of the store around 1 p.m. on April 18.

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WBTV reported that investigators quickly obtained information about the shooter and it led them to identify Nolan Kiel Graves, 22, as a suspect in the homicide.

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After a search for Graves, he was found by officers in Charlotte, North Carolina, and was arrested without incident, police said.

Based on the investigation, police say it was not a random shooting.

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Debbie Parsons lives by the convenience store and told WBTV, “I’ve lived here for 38 years and nothing like this has happened until the last couple of years.”

She added it was shocking it happened, especially since it took place in the early afternoon on a Sunday.

The Kannapolis Police  Lt. Chris Hill told WBTV it was thanks to the public’s help and tips that helped them bring about a Graves' arrest.

Graves was charged with first-degree murder and is in custody in the Cabarrus County Jail, police said.


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