Tuesday, August 14, 2012

UPDATE: 16 Year-Old Charged With Death of Charlotte Teenager

UPDATE: The victim in this case has been identified as 13 year-old Khalil Malik Cousart. Police have charged Damien Wright, 16, with his murder. A motive has yet to be released, but police say the victim knew his accused killer.

This is the fourth case this year of a teenager shot and killed in Charlotte.

A teenager was killed last night near Parkway Avenue and Tuckaseegee Road. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are working to identify the victim, who they determined to be 12-15 years old. According to investigators, a passing motorist in the area was stopped by a young male about 1:00 AM. The male alerted the motorist to the victim, who called police. When police arrived they found the victim had been shot in the chest at lease once. Investigators found 2 shell casings at the scene, while neighbors claimed they heard a minimum of five gunshots. The victim was taken to Carolinas Medical Center where he later died. The young man that flagged down the motorist fled the scene before police arrived.

Police say the victim wasn't carrying identification and have not released a suspect or motive. Police also referred to the investigation as a death investigation, not a homicide.

If you have information about this incident, please call Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600 or CMPD Detectives at (704) 432-TIPS.