Police Revisit Carruth Crime Scene
CHARLOTTE (AP) _ Police on Monday revisited the scene of a shooting where the pregnant girlfriend of Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth was critically wounded last week.
The search for new evidence or information from possible witnesses has prompted Charlotte-Mecklenburg investigators to return almost daily to the suburban neighborhood where Cherica Adams was shot Nov. 16.
Police have also taken several telephone tips about the crime and requested records of telephone calls between Carruth and Adams, who was shot four times from a passing car as she drove through a south Charlotte neighborhood.
Investigators have also attempted to speak with Carruth, the Panthers’ first-round draft choice in 1997, but on the advice of his lawyer, he has refused to consent to an interview.
Meanwhile, Adams, 24, and her son, who was 10 weeks short of full term when he was delivered in an emergency surgery after the shooting, remained in critical condition Monday at Carolinas Medical Center.
``There’s been no appreciable change for either of them since they came in,″ hospital spokesman Scott White said.
Carruth, 25, was excused from last week’s practices and game against Cleveland, and coach George Seifert said Monday that the player’s status with the Panthers would remain unchanged for the immediate future.
``You can imagine there’s a lot of things going on in his life right now,″ Seifert said. ``We’ll just have to see how the thing works out.″
Seifert said the Panthers had not been contacted by either NFL security officials or the players’ union about the matter.