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Police: 1 Dead In Charlotte After Shooting In Ambulance


Police say a 34-year-old man was shot and killed while being treated inside an ambulance early Wednesday morning in south Charlotte. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were called to the Days Inn in the 100 block of East Woodland Road just after 3:45 a.m. about a disturbance. MEDIC was also sent to treat Jeremy Whitted, of the people involved with the disturbance, according to the department. 

As Whitted was being treated by paramedics inside an ambulance, another person involved in the disturbance, Prentice Bess, opened fire, fatally wounding Whitted, according to CMPD. Bess, 32, was immediately arrested. He's since been charged with murder. 

Detectives haven't released any information about what led to the shooting. 

The shooting marks the 21st homicide reported by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police this year. It's the fourth homicide reported in Charlotte since Saturday. 

On Saturday, 19-year-old Antwon Risher was shot to death near South End, and on Monday, 24-year-old Tevonte Epps died after being shot in north Charlotte. Arrests have been made in both Risher's and Epps' slayings. 

On Monday, 63-year-old Sylvester Coswell died at a hospital a day after being taken there following what police described as a domestic violence situation in the 6800 block of Delta Lake Drive in northeast Charlotte. Apparently, two family members got into a fight, and Coswell complained of a headache and then became unresponsive. 

Coswell's death was ruled a homicide on Tuesday. 

Last year, police reported 107 homicides.