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Police seek witnesses in killing outside Lil Wayne concert

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

James Price was stabbed to death Friday night defending his girlfriend following a Lil Wayne concert at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, police said. Now investigators are asking any of the hundreds of people in the parking lot during the killing to come forward with information.

“We really haven’t gotten the information that we need right now,” said Homicide Capt. Cecil Brisbon. “It’s very frustrating. … An individual lost his life.”

The killing was the first connected to the amphitheatre, an expansive venue located near where Interstate 485 meets Tryon Street in northern Charlotte.

Brisbon said the altercation began before the concert, which featured Lil Wayne, T.I. and 2Chainz. Someone made insulting remarks to Price’s girlfriend and there was a brief verbal altercation, he said. But the dispute stopped when all the people involved went into the concert.

After the concert, the argument picked up where it left off in the gravel parking lot.

At one point, Price’s girlfriend was struck in the face, Brisbon said. Price, 24, who was unarmed, was stabbed while trying to defend her.

Brisbon said officers had talked to a few people, including Price’s girlfriend. But they had only scant details of the suspect or suspects, who witnesses said may have gotten away in a black sedan.

Police have asked the public to come forward with information about a public homicide in the past.

In February 2009, 12-year-old Joshua Jackson was shot to death at a birthday party attended by hundreds at the Rameses Temple on Beatties Ford Road.

As the party broke up, gunfire erupted in the parking lot and sent the youths scrambling for cover. Despite a police plea for help from witnesses, the case remains unsolved.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest in Price’s killing. Tipsters can remain anonymous and should call 704-334-1600.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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