Suspect sought in killing of Charlotte business manager late Tuesday

Police outside the site of the shooting late Tuesday in Charlotte.
Police outside the site of the shooting late Tuesday in Charlotte.

Police on Thursday asked the public for help in identifying a man suspected of killing Charlotte business manager Preston Scott Coffey at Sharon Amity Business Park late Tuesday.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police released surveillance video and photos in hopes someone will recognize the suspected shooter.

Police found the 44-year-old Coffey with a gunshot wound inside his business in the 3100 block of Amity Court. Police had responded to a call of a robbery at about 11:15 p.m. Police have not disclosed the name of the business.

Medic pronounced Coffey dead at the scene. He was the city’s 76th homicide victim of 2017 and the second victim that night.

Coffey was in his office at the business park when a man entered the business and confronted him, according to police. The Observer’s news partner WBTV identified the victim as the manager of the business.

TV station WSOC said the suspect was trying to rob the business when he confronted the victim and shot him. A woman who witnessed the shooting called 911, and police said the suspect ran off before they arrived, reported WSOC.

Police on Thursday described the assailant as black, in his mid-20s, 5-feet-8-inches tall, of medium build and with a medium skin complexion. He has short hair and wore a dark gray crew neck shirt, jeans and tennis shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 704-432-8477 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600, or visit the Crime Stoppers mobile app website at charlottecrimestoppers.com.

Earlier Tuesday evening, police found a man with stab wounds in an outside common area of an apartment complex in the 3200 block of Timberbrook Drive, off Tuckaseegee Road. The victim was pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center. The victim was stabbed at about 8:30 p.m. when a group of people began arguing and then several began fighting, police said.

The victim was identified as Kwame Deese, 27.

Police have identified Johnny Bee Boyd, 25, as a suspect in the stabbing. He was arrested early Wednesday and charged with murder.

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