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2 shot at crowded hotel party after CIAA tourney

The Associated Press

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CHARLOTTE — A basketball tournament in Charlotte ended with violence at a party at a hotel that featured rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say two people were shot in the leg early Sunday in a crowded hotel party for some of the thousands of CIAA fans in town. Thousands of people moved from the hotel into the street after the shooting.

CIAA Tournament Commissioner Jacqie Carpenter would not talk about the incident because it was not a CIAA-sanctioned event.

Police have not released the names of the victims or said whether they had any connection to Combs or other entertainers at the event. One person was taken to the hospital and the other was treated and released at the scene.

No arrests have been reported. The shooting happened in a gated-off VIP stage area. Some witnesses said three shots were fired.

Organizers had billed the event as a grand finale party to the tournament, although they never listed the CIAA Tournament's name in the ads.

The party started Saturday night, as the final game between Winston-Salem State University and Livingstone College was being played. The event also included rappers Fabolous and Future

City officials say 12 adults had been arrested in the city's center during the tournament between Thursday and early Sunday.

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