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W. Charlotte student charged in killing

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have charged a West Charlotte High School student with murder in connection with a fatal shooting early Wednesday in west Charlotte.

Police say 17-year-old Roshode Jawade Chapman was charged Wednesday morning with murdering Rashan Malik Bouldin, 23. Investigators say the two men knew each other, and at least two broadcast reports say the shooting happened during an argument after a card game.

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools spokeswoman confirmed that Chapman was a student at West Charlotte.

The shooting happened in the 3100 block of Southwest Boulevard, at the University Garden Apartments.

Police were already in the neighborhood shortly after 1:30 a.m., investigating another crime report, when officers heard what they thought was gunfire nearby. The officers rushed to the apartments and found Bouldin suffering from gunshot wounds. Police say they also saw a man run from the scene.

Officers set up a perimeter and called in the K-9 dog search unit to look for the man they had seen running away. They did not find the man, but about an hour later, police say, someone called 911 and said he had been involved in the Southwest Boulevard shooting.

Officers picked up the man on nearby Burbank Drive and took him in for questioning. Several hours later, police announced the charges against Chapman.

Chapman has been arrested twice before. He was charged in March 2010 with marijuana possession and assault and battery. And in October 2010, he was charged with resisting a public officer.

Police say they are still looking for possible witnesses in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 704-432-TIPS, or you can leave information at Crime Stoppers, 704-334-1600.

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