Murder suspect arrested during Charlotte Bobcat's game

Earle Barranco


by DIANA RUGG / NewsChannel 36
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Posted on November 7, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 8 at 12:01 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- A man wanted in a brazen shooting at a New York City diner was arrested Saturday night at a Charlotte Bobcats game.

CMPD's VCAT unit arrested 24-year-old Earle Barranco during Saturday's game against the Orlando Magic.

The arrest happened out of sight of most Bobcats fans, because it took place in a VIP room at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Barranco is accused of shooting a man five times -- twice in the head and three times in the back -- at a popular late-night diner in the Chelsea area of Manhattan two weeks ago.

Barranco has ties to the rap music industry and the New York shooting victim was a rapper, Corey Scott, 28, known as "Young Classik."

Scott has a violent history of his own.  He was convicted of beating an elderly neighbor to death and stealing his money in 2004.

Then he was stabbed several times during a nightclub brawl, also in Chelsea, in 2007.
Police say Barranco and Scott knew each other.   In fact, Barranco is quoted in a New York Daily News article as a witness to Scott's nightclub stabbing.

Barranco is in the Mecklenburg County jail with no bond.  He has an extradition hearing on Tuesday.

Police say Barranco has friends in the Charlotte area and that's what brought him here.