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8/5/2022 7:58:00 AM
Gastonia Police Investigating Two Homicides

Gastonia Police Department
Press Release

Gastonia Police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred after a traffic accident Thursday evening (Aug. 4th).

The person who was shot was reportedly not involved in the wreck, but GEMS transported four people who were to CaroMont Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The wreck happened about 7:15 Thursday evening.

The man who was found dead at the accident scene was identified as Jose Antonia Jimenez Quinones, 52, 0f Gastonia.  Gastonia Police officers apprehended juvenile suspect who was seen fleeing the area on foot. He was charged with 2nd degree murder, but because of his age, his identity was not revealed.

Anyone who witnessed this incident is encouraged to call the Lowell Police Department at 704-824-8540 or the Gaston County Police at 704-866-3320.

Detectives from the Gastonia Police Department are also investigating the homicide of 48-year-old Donald Watts of Gastonia that occurred early Wednesday morning at his home on Belfast Drive.

At approximately 2:30 AM, officers were dispatched to the home to check on a resident after a possible assault. Upon arrival, officers located Watts deceased inside the home.

An autopsy was scheduled to determine Watts’ exact cause of death.

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