Man Charged With Murder After Fatal East Charlotte Shooting Of 18-Year-Old

The Latest (7/29/21):

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have charged a 19-year-old man for an east Charlotte shooting that left an 18-year-old dead in early July.

Through an investigation and assistance from the community, detectives identified Hakim Leonard Eads as the suspect in the Dekoven Kali Ware homicide case.

Hakim Eads Awdw Serious Injury First Degree Murder Possession Of Firearm By Felon

According to police, Eads was arrested by CMPD and interviewed before being transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office and charged with murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and possession of firearm by convicted felon.

Original Story (7/8/21):

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An 18-year-old was killed and another victim was hospitalized after an east Charlotte shooting that happened late Wednesday night, according to police.

Officers responded to Turtle Neck Lane around 11:45 p.m. after an assault with a deadly weapon with injury call for service. Upon arrival, two victims were found suffering from gunshot wounds.

One of the victims, identified as Dekoven Kali Ware, was pronounced dead at the scene by Medic.

The identity of the second victim along with the severity of their wounds is unknown.

This is an ongoing, active investigation.

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 call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers website at