GASTONIA, NC (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – A 21-year-old man has been charged with Tuesday’s murder of a man who was found lying in the roadway suffering from gunshot wounds, Gastonia Police said Wednesday.
A patrol officer who was on shift and driving through a neighborhood observed a man injured and lying in the roadway near 900 West Airline Avenue around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The man, later identified as Lamar Crawford, was suffering from life-threatening gunshot wounds and was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The responding officer observed a man, later identified as 21-year-old Lancaster resident Elijah Robinson, standing on a porch at a nearby residence with a gun.
Detectives say this is still a very active investigation and that the two men did not know each other. Robinson has been charged with first-degree murder.