New police shooting in Charlotte sparks protests, tear-gas response

New police shooting in Charlotte sparks protests, tear-gas response

“More than a thousand people” poured into the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina last night after police shot and killed a black man while searching for someone else. According to police, Keith Lamar Scott drew a weapon and then refused to comply with orders to surrender. According to his family, the father of seven children didn’t have a gun at all but only a book, which he was reading while waiting for his daughter to arrive on a school bus.

WBTV reporter Sarah-Blake Morgan reported that most of the protesters wanted to remain non-violent, but a few were “a little more agitated” over the shooting. By the time of this report last night, police had already used teargas on the crowd….

The shooting happened around 4 p.m. Tuesday at The Village at College Downs apartment complex on the 9600 block of Old Concord Road. Officers said they were searching for a person with an outstanding warrant when they saw a man get out of a vehicle with a firearm.

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