CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A firearm was discovered under a traffic cone Sunday during the Panthers - Seahawks game at Bank of America Stadium, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.
The firearm was located at 2:28 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25 under a traffic cone at 800 S. Mint Street while an officer was on security detail at the Panther's Stadium.
“The first thing that crosses my mind is what if a kid had picked it up," said fan Corey Davis. “Anybody could have picked it up and started shooting.”
The weapon recovered is a Armi Tanfoglio Giuseppe .25 ACP with an intact serial number, police said.
“I think the only way to avoid that would be to have security all over the place. I honestly don’t know how you could avoid that without having a ton of security around here," Seahawks fan Rene Aldridge said.
Will Webb, Executive Director of the Charlotte Sports Foundation provided a statement on the incident, saying:
"The Charlotte Sports Foundation is committed to the safety of our fans and all those involved with putting on premier sporting events in Uptown Charlotte.
We work closely with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police and Fire Departments, and Bank of America Stadium, to ensure that all proper precautions, safety measures and best practices are implemented and followed.
We look forward to welcoming fans to Charlotte for the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game this weekend and the Belk Bowl on December 29th."
The case remains open and active, and police are searching for any possible leads.