Young Man Shot, Killed in West Charlotte Neighborhood
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Just before 12:30 Sunday afternoon, Geraldine Rowell says she heard two gun shots and then she heard this: "'Somebody help me. Please, somebody help me.' I just saw him (the victim) scrambling and kicking," she says.
Rowell's relative called 911 and emergency crews swarmed to the 3000 block of Tuckaseegee Road. But help for Keith Houston came too late. Police say the 25-year-old died at the hospital.
As the news made it's way through the neighborhood, friends grieved. "He had his whole future ahead of him," says Derrick Clark. He knew Houston for more than ten years. The were next door neighbors. Clark describes his friend as kind hearted and excited to become a first time dad. Clark says Houston had no enemies. He says, "It came outta nowhere. Keith was cool with everybody. He had a whole lotta friends in the neighborhood."
Including Jason Williams, who runs a community non profit out of his home in the neighborhood. "I can't think of Keith without thinking of his laugh," says Williams. Williams describes Houston as a fun loving guy and shared a picture of a recent trip they had taken together. The young man loved to fish and enjoyed his job at a local stable. Williams says, "He's always around the neighborhood and you saw him fairly often...so he is a face that's gonna be missed."
As the shock of their lost friend sinks in, Clark says he is praying for closure and has this message for Houston's shooter: "The killer needs to be brought to justice. I'm hoping they would turn [themselves] in. Go and do the right thing and just turn yourself in."
Houston had been arrested once before in Mecklenburg County, in 2010. It was a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge. If you have any information about this shooting, call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. You can remain anonymous.