Arrest made after man killed in Lowell shooting, police say

Police have made an arrest after a man was shot and killed in Lowell on Sunday night, according to the Gaston County Police Department.

Medical officials said they received the call just before 4:30 p.m. at a home on South Church Street in Lowell.

At the scene, the Gaston County Police Department found 21-year-old Michael Antoine Drayton Jr. with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Authorities identified Samuel Colt Usery as the accused shooter and charged him with second-degree murder. Several other people were detained as part of the investigation, according to police. Usery is currently in jail waiting for a court appearance.

Both Drayton Jr. and Usery lived at the home where the shooting happened.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Lowell Sergeant R. Hoffman at 704-824-8540.

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