Columbia mayor’s brother-in-law shot and killed in Charlotte

The Charlotte ObserverDecember 6, 2013 

Charlotte police stand near the victim of a fatal shooting Friday afternoon. The shooting was reported on Beatties Ford Road near LaSalle Street, Charlotte. The victim, Donald Gist, was the brother-in-law of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin and judge DeAndrea Benjamin.

JOHN D. SIMMONS — Charlotte Observer

Donald Gist, the brother-in-law of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, was shot and killed Friday afternoon, according to a statement from Benjamin’s spokesman.

Gist was also the brother of Fifth Circuit Court Judge DeAndrea Benjamin.

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.

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