34-Year-Old Man Charged With Murder Of Popular Tattoo Artist In East Charlotte

The Latest (9/14/20):

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Detectives have charged 34-year-old Tommy Lee Carter with murder after a popular tattoo artist was found fatally shot in an east Charlotte neighborhood.

Carter was identified as a suspect in the Beatrice (Bebe) Serrano murder case on Sept. 10 and treated at the hospital for injuries he sustained during the incident, police say. He was interviewed by detectives after his released from the hospital.

Following the interview, Carter was transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office where he was charged with murder and discharging a firearm into occupied property, according to CMPD.

Carter was reportedly the ex-boyfriend of Serrano.  Friends of Serrano, who was a popular tattoo artist at Black Cloud Central, say she was vibrant, full of life and joy, and add that they are devastated over her loss.

Serrano’s friends tell WCCB Charlotte’s CW that she decided to move on from the relationship shortly before she was killed.  Serrano is originally from Long Beach, New York.  Read below for more details on the shooting.

Original Story (9/10/20):

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police say a homicide investigation is underway after a woman was fatally shot in an east Charlotte neighborhood Thursday morning.  The woman has been identified as 32-year-old Beatrice Serrano.

Officers responded around 4 a.m. to Denson Place, off of Shamrock Drive, to a shots fired call. Upon arrival, Serrano was located in a car and shot to death.

According to police, a man, the suspect, was located nearby in an argument with a witness. After an initial investigation it was determined the victim and the suspect had a previous relationship. The suspect sustained minor injuries and was transported to the hospital.

Detectives are not currently looking for any additional suspects.

The investigation into this case is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit detective. The public can also leave information anonymously with Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.