A man has been charged with the stabbing death of his coworker in the city’s business district, police said.
The 31-year-old victim was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
The alleged assailant was taken into custody after a brief pursuit by police.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Paul Howard said the stabbing was the result of an argument between the two men at a coffee shop.
“We are treating this as an act of violence and homicide,” he said.
“It is a very sad incident that happened.”
We will be doing everything possible to find the suspect, but we are not sure how long he will remain in custody,” Howard said.
Police said the suspect’s car was found in the parking lot of the café and police were searching for the vehicle’s owner.
The suspect was arrested about 20 minutes after he was arrested and taken into police custody.
More than 70 people were in the business district at the time of the incident, Howard said, adding that the suspect was known to frequent the area.
Police did not say what the relationship between the victim and the alleged assailant might be.
A reward of up to $20,000 was offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.
Charlotte Mayor Steven Mullin said the shooting “is deeply disturbing” and that he was “deeply saddened” by the death.”
I was shocked, and I’m devastated, and we’re all heartbroken,” Mullin told reporters.”
Charlotte is an amazing place, and so many of our residents are so kind and so loving.
I know how lucky we are to have such wonderful people here.
“Police are looking for a dark-colored sedan, possibly a Mitsubishi Lancer, with tinted windows.
We need the public’s help in identifying a vehicle,” Howard told reporters at a news conference.