The officer-involved shooting death of Keith Scott has sparked many protests and some riots. As of Thursday morning, Charlotte remained in a declare state of emergency.
Daily Beast Journalist Ryan James recounted the incident: “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 (sic) on the ground in a pool of blood on the sidewalk.”
“There was a loud pop, then panic and confusion. Standing about 10 yards away, I looked down the barrel of a pistol. Several people were screaming, saying someone was shot in the head and a crowd quickly formed around the victim, a black male. I thought to myself, ‘Oh my God, why?'”
“Breathing heavily, I called 911,” he said, “pacing around in the street. I could be the person on life support. The bullet had whizzed past me. But here I was, still breathing, and reporting this tragic news unfolding in front of me.”
“The shooter, a black male,” he continued, “was standing at the intersection of East Trade and South College streets with the weapon still aimed. He turned and ran. Emergency personnel arrived about five minutes later.”
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Sadly, as the bloodshed continues, we move further and further from the justice and unity most Americans of all races, creeds and colors desperately want.
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