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18-year-old Charged In Labor Day Weekend Fatal Shooting

Mecklenburg County jail

Charlotte Observer

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have arrested a suspect in one of five killings over Labor Day weekend.

Police charged Quincy Dushawn McWaine, 18, of Charlotte, with murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in the fatal shooting of Elias Izagirre Perez, 30.

Perez was robbed and fatally shot Sept. 6 in the 1100 block of Glenfiddich Drive, off The Plaza in east Charlotte.

Police are not saying what evidence led to McWaine’s arrest on Tuesday.

McWaine was already in jail on unrelated charges of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and conspiracy breaking and entering a building to commit a larceny, jail records show.

Police encourage anyone with information about the case to call 704-432-TIPS (8477) and speak to a homicide detective, or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Police have not said the shooting was related to other killings over Labor Day weekend.

Among the victims was 7-year-old Kevin Antonio Calderon Rodas, who was shot to death as he and relatives gathered to celebrate a cousin’s birthday party in a fairly quiet neighborhood.

Others killed that weekend were Laquanta Franchez Young, 30; James Taylor, 23; and Dominique Wheeler, 25. Twelve people total were shot during one of the deadliest weekends in Charlotte in recent memory.

Joe Marusak: @jmarusak

Labor Day weekend homicides

▪ 4:44 a.m. Saturday: A man with a gunshot wound was left at Novant Health Presbyterian Hospital. The victim, James Taylor, 23, was later reported dead. When police located the crime scene, in the 1800 block of North Hoskins Road, a second man, Dominique Wheeler, 25, was found dead of a gunshot wound.

▪ Saturday evening: A children’s birthday party on Fieldvale Drive was targeted with gunfire. Kevin Antonio Calderon Rodas, 7, died. Two adults and a school-age child were injured and treated at the scene.

▪ Late Saturday: Police investigating on Fieldvale Drive heard shots and responded to a home on nearby Echodale Drive. One man living in the house was injured, and a woman, Laquanta Franchez Young, 30, was killed. Neighbors reported it as a drive-by shooting.

▪ Sunday morning: A shooting was reported in the 1100 block of Glenfiddich Drive, and Elias Izagirre Perez was killed.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.