Rayquan Borum: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Raquan Borum. (MCSO)

A 21-year-old felon with pending weapons charges and a past drug arrest is accused in the shooting death of Justin Carr, who was shot in the crowd during the Charlotte riots.

The news came from Charlotte Police Chief Kerr Putney in a news conference on Friday morning, in which he announced that Rayquan Borum had been charged in the death of Carr, 26, a protester. The police also released news of the arrest on Twitter:

That hasn’t ended social media theories that Borum was actually shot by a police officer during the chaotic scene, and there are eyewitness accounts to bolster theat perspective. Some continue to accuse Charlotte police of a cover-up.

However, there were also eyewitness accounts that pointed to a civilian shooter, and the chief says there’s other evidence too.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. The Police Chief Says Borum Was Caught by Studying Videos

Many people were recording videos in the unruly crowd that had gathered outside the Omni hotel when Carr was shot. Cameras were also whirring from nearby buildings, making it quite a photographed scene. According to Fox News, Carr “was shot as police in riot gear massed to bar protesters from storming an upscale downtown hotel.”

Putney said videos were instrumental in identifying Borum as the shooter. Watch Putney’s news conference on the arrest above. According to Fox News, “Putney said surveillance footage supplied by buildings in the area helped identify the suspect.”

Mecklenburg County jail records show that Borum is being held on charges of first-degree murder and possessing a firearm as a felon. The records say he was extradited from out of state and arrested at 6:35 a.m. on September 23.

2. Borum Has a Criminal History Including Arrests for Weapons Offenses & Drugs

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Rayquan Borum. (MCSO)

Borum is no stranger to the jail. He’s been booked there before on accusations ranging from possessing a firearm as a felon to carrying a concealed weapon to drug offenses.

Jail records show he was accused in 2015 of resisting a public officer, possessing a stolen firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, possessing a firearm by a felon, possessing marijuana paraphernalia, and possessing marijuana.

According to North Carolina Department of Public Safety records, Borum is a felon. In fact, even though he is listed by the prison system as being only 21, he has a felony offense from 2011, the system records say. Records say he received a suspended sentence but then his probation was revoked, and charges are listed as breaking and entering and larceny.

The disposition of the 2015 accusations is not clear from the Public Safety Department records, which only list the 2011 case.

However, The Charlotte Observer newspaper says “Borum served about three months in prison for larceny and breaking and entering charges from Mecklenburg County, and was released in 2012…He also faces at least two pending weapons charges in Cabarrus County.”

The revelation that police think Borum killed Carr comes just after Charlotte’s mayor called Republican nominee Donald Trump “presumptuous” for saying that drugs played a role in the city’s protests, according to CNN.

3. Eyewitnesses Disagreed on Whether a Police Officer or Civilian Shot Carr

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Justin Carr. (Facebook/Justin Carr)

Social media filled with eyewitness accounts to the shooting, and some of them insisted that a police officer shot Carr, perhaps with a rubber bullet. These accounts came from people as varied as a minister and defense attorney.

For example, a minister wrote that Carr died standing between ministers and they think police shot him. “I saw the man go down on the pavement,” said Minister Steve Knight of Mission Gathering Christian Church in Charlotte, in a statement posted on Twitter. “It was an ambush. The victim was shot while he stood between two ministers, and we believe he was shot by police.”

A defense attorney also posted that she thought police killed Carr.

And a man named Todd Zimmer posted a photo of the bloody pavement and wrote on Facebook: “I was there when CMPD shot a protestor in the head tonight. I am convinced that police shot this person with a rubber bullet or a tear gas canister. I stood over the injured person while folks tried to revive them, tried to keep folks back. I have captured video of police firing into the crowd seconds before the person fell. I didn’t want to post about this, but my city is lying about what happened tonight. Let the record show.”

However, other eyewitnesses reported a civilian killed Carr. Ryan James wrote in the Daily Beast, “Around 8:30 p.m., a civilian fired a pistol indiscriminately into a crowd of dozens outside the hotel, turned and ran, leaving a man laying on the ground in a pool of blood on the sidewalk…The shooter, a black male, was standing at the intersection of East Trade and South College streets with the weapon still aimed. He turned and ran.”

And Esquire Magazine quoted a homeless man named Jerome as saying he thought the slaying might have occurred because rival gang members were in close quarters in the crowd. That magazine article says other street preachers said they didn’t think police killed Carr.

Such mixed accounts led Putney to say Thursday that authorities were investigating whether an officer had, indeed, shot Carr. However, now police say that they believe a civilian, Borum, shot Carr.

Some on social media are not convinced. Reaction to his arrest immediately became politicized, with others questioning whether the Black Lives Matter movement would protest and rally over Carr’s death as they had over Keith Lamont Scott, a black man who was shot and killed by Charlotte police, sparking the unrest. Police say that Scott was armed with a gun he wouldn’t drop, although family members dispute this point.

4. The Aftermath of Carr’s Shooting Was Captured in Dramatic Video & Photos at the Scene

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Police and protesters carry a seriously wounded protester, Justin Carr, into the parking area of the the Omni Hotel during a march to protest the death of Keith Scott. (Getty)

Professional photographers and amateur videographers combined to create a lengthy documentation trail of what happened in the moments after Carr was shot.

On his Facebook page, Carr said he had attended a community college and was in a relationship. He also had previous run ins with the law.

One dramatic video captured the unruly crowd and attempts to help Carr. Photos showed civilians trying to render aid. Warning: The photos are graphic. You can see them here:

5. Carr’s Mother Had Called for a Peaceful Protest Before & After Her Son Was Shot

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Justin Carr. (Facebook/Justin Carr)

Carr’s mother, who uses the name Ann Carr on Facebook, had posted a comment on a friend’s Facebook page urging a peaceful protest hours before Justin was shot. She repeated that desire as he lay in the hospital.

Several hours before Carr was shot, his mother wrote on another protester’s Facebook page, “Make sure it doesn’t turn violent! We also need to come together as a community and stop killing and hating on each other! They see us killing each other so they think it’s ok for them to do it too! There’s a difference between protesting and acting a damn fool! Do your thing Tre and start this great movement!”

After he was shot, she wrote, “I really appreciate the love & support from my Family & friends! Im overwhelmed by so many checking on is! I’m not able to respond to everyone so don’t think I don’t appreciate You! Please continue to keep my Family in Prayer especially my other Son’s & my Mom! Will keep you posted! Trying to hold it together aint easy! But I know I’m not alone! Love yall!”

She also wrote: “Don’t know how to feel! Don’t know what to feel! Just feeling numb! Not going to ask why me just need Prayer for my baby boy right now! As I lay by his side and Praying real hard because my baby is fighting for his Life! Please if your gonna protest do it peacefully! My baby was shot in the head for no apparent reason! I don’t know who did this but Lord please bring my baby through this & give me strength cause those of you that know me know how close me & my Sons are!”

Carr was initially in critical condition and life support before dying Thursday.


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THINK..what a joke…just keep blaming police like Obama and Clinton and nobody will protect your assistance. This is black on black crime which is tragic but the liberal left doesn’t give a damn. Just keep voting for these pieces of shit.


Now, President Obama he’s using the race card to uphold and promote racial division Within the United States !! President Obama needs All black communities to vote for Hillary Clinton at the same time he put’s his foot On The Backs of the black community. The Obama and Clinton administration have done nothing but harm all communities with their evil ways ! But they have nothing to fear ! They have millions and millions of dollars in their back pocket ! Their children went to private schools ! Have the best education ! Their children got quality dental work ! Their children see the best doctors ! Our children if they get a cavity now they pull out there teeth ! Are children when they go to the doctor,the doctor overlooks the real problem hands them an aspirin and hope you don’t come back ! Yes mr. President Obama you play that race card the same people you say you are with, is a joke ! Because it’s your foot in their backs..


We are all born with one, just not all of us use it. The ‘it’ I am referring to is a brain – please Jim Wilcox – at least give it a shot. The Tulsa officer has been “charged” in the shooting, as of yet not arrested. Also take into account this charge was brought by the DA’s office PRIOR to a complete investigation being conducted, likely to prevent rioting, looting and hooliganism in general. For the love of God why can’t people have the common sense to simply wait on all the facts?


“For the love of God why can’t people have the common sense to simply wait on all the facts?”

That’s it exactly. The people who complain about police being “judge, jury, and executioner” in life-threatening immediate decisions at the scene where such language doesn’t even apply are the same people who want to rush to judgment before even an investigation, let alone a trial, when an officer is accused of a crime.


Yes, in a way. The environment of racial grievance and the myths of “a war on young black men” and “an epidemic of police shootings” (neither of which are true) are what led to ambush killings of police, several of them in just the past few days before the Tulsa incident, which further leads to police tending to believe every incident in which a suspect is noncompliant and trying (for instance) to reach into a hidden area (like the front seat of a car) despite being told not to is a potential life-threatening situation. In Tulsa, the known facts, even those most favorable to the prosecution of the officer, are that the suspect was no more than a second or two away from opening the door and potentially getting a weapon.

Obama and Clinton have contributed mightily to that environment of racial grievance and those myths, and therefore do have some responsibility for incidents in which cops — who, unlike young black men, actually are being deliberately singled out for premeditated murder — are on edge and not likely to give a suspect extra latitude in a potentially lethal encounter.

Meanwhile, the one fact running through all of these incidents that have gained national prominence — including the one case of outright murder in SC, two or three other incidents of actually unjustified shootings that were _not_ murder but probably manslaughter, and the several others that were clearly justified — is that in every single case, had the suspect complied with police commands, avoided presenting a threat, and/or not attacked an officer, he would have lived. Every last one.

Where did this ethic develop in which police are demanded to be literally perfect — under penalty of riots and cop-killing — and to give an absolute guarantee of physical safety regardless of anything a suspect does?

When did it become alright for suspects simply to decide whether or not they want to be arrested?

Do suspects or arrestees of _any_ race have any responsibility for bad outcomes when they refuse to comply with legitimate commands and thereby present a potential threat even when they don’t mean to?

Does the black community, or a subset of it, bear any responsibility for encouraging noncompliance and stoking paranoia in the face of statistical evidence that indicates a sharp decline in the shootings of young black males over the past four decades, leveling off about 12-15 years ago and staying approximately steady since then?


Don’t you ever wonder why the media does not report on ALL police use of deadly force?
As you question the disproportionate nature of these incidents, why no concern for that females are not 50% of the “victims”?


Given Obam and Clinton don’t blame police, the only joke is you…. and “black on black crime” isn’t a “thing,” dummy, it’s a matter of circumstance – just as “white crime” is “white on white.”


Don’t have to blame the NRA for this guy, but can certainly blame the NRA for perpetuating an environment that makes it even easier for guys like this to have a gun.


“but can certainly blame the NRA for perpetuating an environment that makes it even easier for guys like this to have a gun.”

Please explain your logic. I’ll bet you a 1000 to 1 this guy gets all of his guns off the street, not through any legal channels. This punk was a felon, he couldn’t get a legal gun if he wanted to.

I just bought another gun and went through another legal back ground check. The system work for law abiding citizen…problem is the bad guys will always be able to get illegal guns no matter what laws you pass.

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