A demonstrator was shot and killed in the crowd as the second day of riots engulfed Charlotte, North Carolina. (Warning: This post contains graphic photos)
He was identified on Thursday as Justin Carr. Read more about Carr here.
The city tweeted that the shooter was a civilian, not a police officer. However that’s now under investigation. Police Chief Kerr Putney said Thursday in a news conference that police are determined to get to the truth and are investigating allegations that an officer shot Carr. However, Putney announced Friday that police had arrested a civilian, Rayquan Borum, a felon, in Carr’s murder. Read more about Borum here.
WSOC-TV and other news outlets initially said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Putney had confirmed the protester was killed uptown during the riots/protests. According to the New York Times, “a demonstration was interrupted by gunfire that killed a man in the crowd.”
However, the city corrected the information on Twitter later in the evening to say that the man was in critical condition and on life support but still alive. Carr has now died, however.
Witnesses told NBC Charlotte’s Ty Chandler “that at least one person was shot outside the Epicentre in front of the Omni Hotel and officers used tear gas to break up the crowds gathering,” said WCNC-TV. CNN reporters said they believed the wounded person was shot outside the Omni.
Photos were published showing the scene after Carr was wounded:
The protester was shot in the head, and the bullet narrowly missed a reporter:
Other photos showed the dramatic scene in Charlotte.
This Facebook post was starting to get attention:
In another incident of violence, a man was attacked in a parking garage. Watch that video here:
Learn more about Wednesday night’s riots:
Learn more about Officer Brentley Vinson here: