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Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say shooting death capped 8-hour crime spree


CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Police in Charlotte say the shooting death of a man last weekend capped an eight-hour crime spree by some teens.

Ronald Glenn Gullette, 44, of Charlotte was shot in a robbery attempt as he sat in his car in front of his home around 10 a.m. Sunday.

Maj. Mike Smathers said the teens pulled up beside random victims at traffic signals or stopped them on the street starting around 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

Police say there were seven victims in five separate incidents.

Two teens have been taken into custody. Police are looking for at least two other suspects.

"They just were driving around the city and saw people that they thought were suitable victims," Smathers said.

A suspect with a gun approached three people sitting in a car around 2:30 a.m., ordered them out of the car and drove away in their vehicle.

About 90 minutes later, a suspect approached a pickup truck and ordered the driver out and drove away in the truck.

Someone in that truck stopped a jogger around 7:45 a.m. and robbed him of $4.

About a half hour later the truck stopped where a man had just pulled into his driveway and his car was stolen.

Smathers said he didn't know why Gullette was shot while the other victims were not injured.

The stolen pickup was spotted by police about 10:30 a.m. After a short chase, three people ran from the truck and two of them were arrested. One was released to her guardians.

Another teen turned himself in later Sunday. The two teens in custody are charged with murder and other crimes.

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