Grieving mother wants justice for son killed in Charlotte shooting

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) — Detectives from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are still trying to identify the person or persons responsible for a fatal shooting that injured one man and killed another.

The incident happened on Saturday July 16 around 3 am. Police said the shooting occurred in the parking lot of a Circle K gas station near the intersection of University City Blvd. and John Kirk Drive. Ahmad Jones, 21, was injured in the shooting. Tashon Mock, 22, was killed.

Mock’s mother, Monique Andrade, spoke to WBTV about her son’s murder in an interview on Tuesday.

“He was just a bubbly young man, he smiled all the time, loved to laugh, just a great clown,” Andrade said of his son.

She said Mock grew up in Statesville and enjoyed video games, basketball and hanging out with his friends. She noted that although her son didn’t quarrel with anyone and didn’t like drama, she was worried that he might get hurt one day.

“That was my biggest fear being the mother of a black son and knowing the crime in Charlotte. I would always be nervous when he told me he was coming to Charlotte,” Andrade said.

She said she was devastated when she received the call that her son had been shot.

“My heart just fell. I mean, it’s not a call anyone wants to receive,” she explained.

CMPD Crime Stoppers Detective Rick Smith said it was unclear exactly what was going on before the fatal shooting.

The detective said he was confident someone in the community knew who was responsible for the shooting and would not come forward.

Andrade pleads for people with information about his son’s murder to come forward and talk to the police.

“I feel like I can’t move on without knowing who killed my son,” Andrade said. “I want them brought to justice because my life will never be the same again. He is my only son.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. Tipsters can remain anonymous and they can receive a cash reward if they have information that leads to an arrest. Community members can also submit crime tips through the P3 Tips app.

Mark M. Gagnon