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Local basketball star shot in Charlotte early Saturday morning, misses graduation

Details are limited, but two-time Rowan County Basketball Player of the Year Jalen Sanders of North Rowan High School reportedly suffered a gunshot wound overnight in Charlotte.

Sanders was treated in the emergency room at Carolinas Medical Center and discharged, according to a hospital report.

Sanders missed his Saturday morning graduation from North Rowan, where officials asked the commencement crowd for a moment of silence on his behalf.

Sanders’ injury looks to be related to a homicide investigation underway by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Police responded to the 4000 block of Collegiate Avenue in the University City Division at 2:53 a.m. Saturday.

A male subject was pronounced dead at the scene by a medic. The victim’s name was not immediately released pending family notification.

While officers were on scene conducting the investigation, they were notified that three additional subjects that were present on Collegiate Avenue had arrived at Carolinas Medical Center – University with non-life threatening gunshot wounds.

Police said there was a large gathering of people inside an apartment on Collegiate Avenue when an altercation occurred that led to the shooting.

Sanders ranks ninth on Rowan County’s all-time scoring list in basketball and is scheduled to continue his playing career at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas. McLennan has a reputation for competing at the highest level of junior college play.

Sanders averaged 18.5 points a game his senior year.

Detectives with CMPD’s Homicide/ADW Unit canvassed the area for witnesses Saturday morning.

Anyone with information about this incident is being asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit detective. Detective Helms is the lead detective assigned to the case.

The public also can call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers mobile app website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.

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