Illegal Alien Charged With Thanksgiving Day Murder

The Charlotte Observer

*When this report was filed, the victim was still alive, but has since died from his wounds. And, Hernandez has since been charged with murder, and is being held on an ICE detainer.

Two Gaston County men have been arrested in connection with a shooting early Thursday that left another man hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

Joviniano Cuevas Hernandez, 24, of Ranlo has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of 25-year-old Andres Santiago Garcia.

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Nicolas Justo Cortez, 22, of Gastonia, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury.

The shooting happened around 1 a.m. Thursday in an apartment on the 2600 block of Pembroke Road, police say.

The officers who responded found an unresponsive man, later identified as Garcia, who had been shot in the head. Garcia remains at Carolinas Medical Center with what police called “serious life-threatening injuries.”

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