Carruth Not A Suspect


The girlfriend of Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rae Carruth said the person who shot her was a friend or acquaintance, according to a police report.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said they haven't ruled out the possibility that Cherica Adams, 24, was critically wounded in a random shooting.

"It would be bad on our part, and irresponsible on our part, to rule anything out," police spokesman Keith Bridges told the Charlotte Observer.

Adams, who remained in critical condition Saturday after additional surgery Friday, was hit by bullets from a passing vehicle early Tuesday. Her newborn son, who was born 10 weeks prematurely after the shooting, also is in critical condition.

Police have not described Carruth as a suspect, but said they think he has information that could help them solve the crime.

Carruth has refused to be interviewed by police on the advice of his attorney. Detectives believe he is the baby's father.

Bridges said talking with Carruth isn't the top police priority in the investigation.

"There are a lot of people that are participating," he said.

If Carruth decides not to discuss the shooting with police, "it will not stop or impede the investigation," Bridges said.

Bridges declined to discuss a television report that police have clothes that Carruth was wearing in the hours before Adams was shot. Carruth had visited Adams and his newborn son soon after Adams was admitted to the hospital. He and Adams had been together Monday night.

Assistant District Attorney Jack Knight said authorities have obtained at least some of the phone records they sought earlier this week in the investigation.

On Thursday, Superior Court Judge Richard Boner signed orders authorizing police to obtain records of calls from Adams' and Carruth's telephones.

Carruth, 25, was selected by the Panthers in the first round of the 1997 National Football League draft. He has been sidelined for four weeks with a sprained ankle.

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