Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have named a suspect in the Friday shooting death of Donald Everett Gist Jr., the brother-in-law of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin.
Authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating Arthur Givens, 40, who is wanted for the murder of Gist, the brother of 5th Circuit Court Judge DeAndrea Benjamin and the son of Columbia attorney Donald Gist and his wife Adrienne R. Gist.
Gist was shot to death in the parking lot of the Queens Mini-Mart north of Charlotte's Uptown.
He is survived by his wife and son.
The Gist and Benjamin families released a statement late Friday night:
“The shock and sadness of past few hours have been difficult to bear. We will remember Donald as he was: a loving husband, father, son and brother. He is survived by his wife, son, sister and a host of loving relatives. We will continue to lean on our faith in Almighty God and each other as we try to make sense of this tragedy.
“We thank you all for the tremendous outpouring of support and we ask for your continued prayers in the days and weeks to come”
The statement also expressed confidence in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department as they continue to search for those responsible.
The preliminary investigation indicates the shooting wasn’t a random act of violence, as the shooter and the male victim appear to have known each other, Charlotte police said.
Medics pronounced the victim dead at the scene, police said.
The shooting happened at about 1:15 p.m., and outbound Beatties Ford Road at LaSalle Street was temporarily closed, police said.
Police canvassed the area looking for witnesses.
--Rachael Myers Lowe and Adam Beam