Monday, April 19, 2010

The ties that what?

All right, no peeking: Who's tied to what in this exciting crime tale?

It's not much clearer after the lede:

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have detained two men found inside a car linked to the killing of 17-year-old Reginald Leverett.

After police stopped the car on Central Avenue for an inspection violation Sunday afternoon, the two men led police on a chase, according to Capt. Earl Mathis. The men then ditched their car on Summit Avenue and fled on foot before police apprehended them, Mathis said.

Hmm. Inspection violation, chase, questioning, no charges yet -- so it has to be the car, right? Put differently, the "a car" of the lede has to be a specific "the car" sometime later in the story?

Police say they believe the victim had been in a fight and fled from the scene, but a group of men in a car followed him.

As the fleeing teen passed Custer Street, at least one of the men inside the car opened fire, according to police.

Guess not. I'm still confused --- about the story, that is, not about what the enlightened readers are saying in the comments:

We know who and what color they were. All you have to do is watch TV for all the news the unobserver can'y or won't provide you.

Anybody want to start a pool on how quickly comments are disabled on this article?


Anonymous 鄭凱仲念阿彌陀佛往生西方極樂世界 said...

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9:02 AM, April 19, 2010  
Anonymous raYb said...

Rather a dearth of binding, there. The writer - not a real(cq) reporter - has no idea how to do a simple cop-shop story. But there's hope: the story has at least one of those cop cliches: fled on foot (nobody ever "runs"). I presume they "exited the veeehickle" before fleeing on foot. I imagine they had been "surveilled for a period of time" before the incident.

8:09 AM, April 20, 2010  

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