Columbia Mayor's Brother-in-Law Shot and Killed

9:42 PM, Dec 6, 2013   |    comments
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Charlotte, NC (WLTX) - The brother-in-law of Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin was killed Friday in a shooting in Charlotte.

Donald Gist died after being shot outside a store on Beatties Ford Road around 1:15 p.m.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say he died at the scene.

Investigators say they don't believe the shooting was random, adding that they believe the suspect and victim appear to have known each other.

No suspect is in custody.

Gist is the brother of Benjamin's wife, Deandre Benjamin, a circuit court judge in Richland County.  

UPDATE:  Mayor Steve Benjamin and the Gist families released a statement on the death of his brother-in-law.

"The shock and sadness of past few hours have been difficult to bear.  

We will remember Donald as he was: a loving husband, father, son and brother. He is survived his wife, son sister and a host of loving relatives. We will continue to lean on our faith in Almighty God and each other as we try to make sense of this tragedy.

"We thank you all for the tremendous outpouring of support and we ask for your continued prayers in the days and weeks to come."

The family would like to express their complete confidence in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department as they continue to search for more news of the passing of Donald E. Gist in Charlotte, NC and for those responsible and has asked that the public and media respect their privacy during this difficult time.

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