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1 Dead, 3 Injured In Shooting Near UNC Charlotte

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Updated Sept. 1, 2019, 8:01 a.m. 

A quadruple shooting at a house party in north Charlotte has left one man dead and three others injured. The shooting took place less than a mile away from the UNC Charlotte campus, and police say it stemmed from an argument.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, officers were called around 12:50 a.m. Saturday on a report of an assault with a deadly weapon.

Upon arriving at the 49 North Apartments off University City Boulevard, they found one man and two women who had been shot. All three were rushed to a nearby hospital, where the man was pronounced dead. Police say the women are expected to survive. Both are UNC Charlotte students.

A fourth victim later arrived at Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center University with a life-threatening gunshot wound in his chest. Police say he was brought to the hospital by unknown acquaintances.

All of the victims' identities are being withheld pending notification of their families.

While the events leading up to the shooting remain under investigation, police say an initial review suggests multiple people were standing in front of the apartment during a party, when an argument took place and the four victims were shot.

Police identified the deceased man as 19-year-old Christian Malik Estes. The three other victims were not publicly identified.

The shooting comes amid a spike in homicides across Charlotte this year. Including Saturday's death, 74 homicides have been reported since January.

That's among the highest homicide counts in Charlotte in the past decade. Only 2017 saw more homicides, with a total of 87.

Anyone with information about Saturday's shooting is asked to contact police at 704-432-TIPS, or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.