Huntersville police investigate fatal shooting

jmarusak@charlotteobserver.com slyttle@charlotteobserver.comFebruary 20, 2014 

Huntersville police hope the public can help them identify three or four “persons of interest” in Wednesday’s shooting death of Peter Michael Jordan, 19, at the Landings at Northcross apartment complex off Interstate 77 Exit 25.

The suspects were in a black Chevrolet Impala. Multiple shots from the car struck and killed Jordan, police said.

Jordan didn’t live in the apartment where he was shot. “He was very good friends with the people living there,” Huntersville police Capt. Kevin Johnston said Thursday.

In an earlier news release, police declined to say where Jordan lived “at the wishes of the family, who have asked for privacy during this time of grieving.”

Court records show Jordan lived in Cornelius.

Police have interviewed witnesses to the shooting and Jordan’s family, but “it would be speculation” as to a motive, Johnston said.

If anyone knows where Jordan was before the shooting and “who he was with, please contact us,” Johnston said.

Jordan was shot at an apartment on Landings Drive, police said. The complex is off Sam Furr Road in the Birkdale area and has 312 apartments.

Police were dispatched to the apartment at 6:06 p.m. Wednesday. Medical personnel tried to revive Jordan, police said.

Apartments in the complex rent from $660 to $1,805, manager Patsy Vaughan said. The complex does criminal-background and rental-history checks on potential renters, she said. Renters must have a gross income that’s three times the monthly rental rate, she said.

Vaughan said many people have rented there for 10 or more years. “It’s a place that people call home,” she said.

Jordan’s homicide is Huntersville’s first in more than two years.

“Huntersville is a safe place and will continue to be a safe place,” Johnston said. “And we’re going to do everything in our power to make sure it stays that way.”

Police ask that anyone with information about Jordan’s killing call them at 704-464-5400 or North Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers at 704-896-7867.

Marusak: 704-358-5067; Twitter: @jmarusak

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