Crowds gather after officer-involved shooting kills African American man

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – WCNC – A chaotic scene has erupted in the night in North Charlotte after an African-American man was shot and killed in an officer-involved shooting.

Police say they were serving an outstanding warrant when they came upon Keith Lamont Scott in his car.  They say Scott got out, had a gun on him, and put the officers in imminent danger.  Officer Brentley Vinson shot Scott.

“Man was in his truck, reading a book waiting for his kid to come home,” said a man on scene.  “Cops shot him, for nothing.”

Emergency services were called to the scene where they transported Scott to Carolinas Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

“As is standard procedure with any officer involved shooting, Officer Vinson has been placed on paid Administrative Leave,” the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said in a statement Tuesday night. Officer Vinson has been employed with the CMPD since July 2014. He is African American.

A man who said he’s the brother of Scott said to NBC Charlotte this evening:

“Just know that all white people are (expletive) devils. All white cops are (expletive devils, and all white people.”

“He was waiting on his son to get from school and police came out with no.. he didn’t have on no uniform to determine if he was a police or not — he was an undercover and he just jumped out and yelled ‘gun’ and shot at him,” he told NBC Charlotte’s Tanya Mendis.

“I think they shot him four times, I’m not sure, but he’s dead.”

Hostility among the community grew quickly as word of what happened spread. A woman saying she was the man’s daughter posted a video on Facebook Live from the scene.

“Shot my Daddy for being black! And look they’re just standing there.”

As night fell, a massive crowd of people gathered on Old Concord Road, chanting in protest after another officer-involved shooting where an African American man was killed.

“People get upset when we say ‘black lives matter, black lives matter,’ said a student. “But these are the people we have to focus on the most because these types of situations always happen.”

The CMPD has taken to Twitter as crowds of protestors grow”.


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