21-year-old Lancaster man charged with murdering 50-year-old in Gastonia

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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.

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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.

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